At least five congressional Democrats vowed to reroute to charities donations made to their political campaigns by film producer Harvey Weinstein after a report accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, according to media reports.
As of early Friday, a total of $29,200 in donations from Weinstein were being rerouted from the campaigns of U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), according to reports by The New York Times and BuzzFeed.
Many of the charities that will benefit are focused on combating domestic violence or advocating on behalf of victims. Booker will reportedly send the $7,800 Weinstein donated to his campaign to the nonprofit New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, while Blumenthal is rerouting $5,400 to the Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence and Heinrich’s $5,400 donation is heading to Community Against Violence.
It’s presently unclear which charities will receive Weinstein monies from Warren ($5,000) or Leahy ($2,700).
The politicians are fleeing from Weinstein after the Times published a report Thursday detailing alleged misconduct with women staffers and actresses spanning more than three decades, based on interviews with current and former employees and company emails and documents from Weinstein’s studios, Miramax and the Weinstein Company.
The report states Weinstein had come to settlements with at least eight women. It also included an accusation from actress Ashley Judd, who said Weinstein two decades ago asked her to massage him or watch him shower in his Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel room.
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go,” Weinstein said in a statement to the Times Thursday afternoon.
In his full statement, Weinstein also incorrectly quotes a song by rapper Jay-Z and vows to take on the National Rifle Association.
The famed producer later claimed a lawsuit against the Times is in the works, claiming its report contains only “hearsay” and relies on “a faulty report, apparently stolen from an employee personnel file,” according to a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
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