Weinstein Donated $10,000 to Bill Clinton’s Legal Defense in 1998

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Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein donated $10,000 to Bill Clinton's legal defense fund in 1998 while he was embroiled in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Weinstein now stands accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment and abuse dating back decades, and he has been fired from his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He is a longtime Democratic donor and friend of the Clintons, and he was among the top players in Hollywood to give the maximum donation to then-President Clinton for his defense, theĀ Washington Post reported:

Further details about Clinton's testimony emerged on the same day that the president's legal defense fund announced it has raised $2.2 million in the last six months, more than was collected during the previous four years of his presidency combined. The newly reconstituted defense fund, operating with looser rules about who can give and how much they can offer, tapped into resentment against Starr as more than 17,000 Clinton supporters sent money.

Hollywood was quick to come to the president's aid. Among the 62 donors giving the maximum $10,000 were performers and directors such as Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, Michael Douglas, Ron Howard, Norman Lear, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw-Spielberg as well as studio executives Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Harvey Weinstein and Bud Yorkin.

Fox News was first to note theĀ Post story.

Due to reports of Weinstein's tawdry behavior, Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, have donated or planned to donate his contributions to them.

Clinton said she was "appalled" by Weinstein's conduct in an interview last week and said it showed that kind of behavior was not acceptable.

"After all, we have someone admitting to being a sexual assaulter in the Oval Office," she said in reference to President Donald Trump. "There has to be a recognition that we must stand against this kind of action that is so sexist and misogynistic."

She dismissed past allegations against her own husband, however, as "litigated."

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