Democrats under pressure to return Harvey Weinstein’s campaign contributions as Cara Delevigne joins list of accusers

12 Oct

He was also a strong supporter of Barack Obama, eventually donating over $45,000. The Obamas sent their daughter Malia to intern for Weinstein’s company last year.

Both the Obamas and Mrs Clinton on Tuesday issued statements condemning Weinstein – five days after the scandal first broke.

But neither mentioned returning the funds.

Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, who is also a Democrat, declined to prosecute Weinstein in 2015 when handed an audio tape from an Italian-Filipina actress, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, in which Weinstein admitting groping her.

Months later Mr Vance received a $10,000 campaign contribution from one of Weinstein’s lawyers, David Boies.

“If we could have prosecuted Harvey Weinstein for the conduct that occurred in 2015, we would have,” said Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, chief assistant district attorney, in a statement defending the decision.

She said the recorded meeting between Gutierrez and Weinstein, as well as a controlled call between the two the night before, were made “without our knowledge or input.”

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