- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she was “shocked and appalled” by allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, but didn’t elaborate on whether she would return his campaign donations.

“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” Mrs. Clinton said in a post. “The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior.”

The former Democratic presidential candidate’s statement came five days after the New York Times ran a story detailing allegations of sexual harassment spanning decades against Mr. Weinstein, a powerful Hollywood executive and longtime Clinton ally.

The Hillary Victory Fund and Hillary for America received more than $38,000 in the 2016 campaign from Mr. Weinstein, head of the Weinstein Company, who has contributed for years to Democratic candidates and causes.

Several Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Sens. Patrick Leahy and Elizabeth Warren, have said they will forward his contributions to charities supporting women.

More than a dozen women have told The New York Times and New Yorker that they were victims of sexual harassment at the hands of Mr. Weinstein, including three women who told the New Yorker that he raped them.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Weinstein, whose company has since fired him, denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex” and “any acts of retaliation for refusing his advances” in a statement to the New York Times.

• Valerie Richardson can be reached at vrichardson@washingtontimes.com.

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