- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 19, 2017

A TV producer and longtime Clinton family friend penned an essay Wednesday claiming she warned at least three “top-level Democratic operatives” against allowing Harvey Weinstein to host political fundraisers.

Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, a five-time Emmy-nominated writer and creator of “Designing Women,” wrote an op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter saying she’s skeptical that the A-listers who are now condemning the disgraced Hollywood mogul didn’t know about his rumored sexual misconduct over the decades.

“As more and more women have come forward, A-listers who are normally intrepid, social injustice sniffers have scrambled to condemn Weinstein and announce that they had no idea all this was going on,” she wrote. “Some said this despite knowing him for decades, starring in his films and being friends with accusers who starred in his films. OK. Whatever.”

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Ms. Bloodworth-Thomason conceded that she could understand how friends of Mr. Weinstein could have been morally conflicted about speaking up.

“One of the best friends I will ever have and a man I love dearly, former President Bill Clinton, has certainly taxed my feminist conscience, but always without diminishing my affection,” she wrote. “I even helped write his apology to the nation for his own sexual misconduct, was sitting next to him when he delivered it, and believe to this day it was based on something that was none of our business.

“And yes, some may call it hypocritical, but I confess to having had no problem warning at least three top-level Democratic operatives against allowing Harvey Weinstein to host political fundraisers,” she added. “A warning that evidently (and to the glee of Fox News) fell on deaf ears.”

Mr. Weinstein is a longtime contributor to the Democratic Party and has donated thousands to Hillary Clinton’s political campaigns over the years. The failed Democratic nominee has said she had no idea about the producer’s alleged sexual misconduct.

Ms. Bloodworth-Thomason’s op-ed decried the “over-sexualization, humiliation and brutalization of women” in the film and television industry and criticized Hollywood for not making the mistreatment of women a prominent social justice issue.

“One would think all this rampant misogyny would demand that Hollywood take on the issue of social justice for women — the same way it has embraced the cause of the African-American, Jewish and LGBTQ communities,” she wrote. “But so far … just the sad sound of crickets. Little wonder that Harvey Weinstein laughed at the initial allegations against him, calling them so fanciful he’d like to ‘buy the movie rights.’”

Ms. Bloodworth-Thomason also offered a backhanded compliment to President Trump for telling the “truth” in his leaked 2005 conversation on an “Access Hollywood” studio bus, in which he was recorded on a hot mic talking about groping women.

“Truthfully, I would’ve preferred the simple and more honest explanation given by our president, Donald J. Trump. ‘Grab ‘em by the pussy … When you’re a star, you can do anything.’ Thank you, Donald. I believe you’re the only sexual predator, to date, who’s told the truth,” Ms. Bloodworth-Thomason wrote.

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