"The behavior described by women coming forward can not be tolerated".
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said she was "shocked and appalled" in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, speaking publicly for the first time about the longtime Democratic donor five days after it first emerged that multiple women had accused him of harassment over the course of decades. Weinstein was later terminated from the movie production company bearing his name, The Weinstein Company. But Clinton's statement makes no mention of Weinstein's sizable donations to her own war chest.
In a statement, Weinstein did not deny the allegations and apologized for his behavior. More recently, the Clintons rented a home next to Weinstein in the Hamptons in 2015, and Weinstein served as a connector between Hollywood stars and Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.
Democrats and Clinton have been major beneficiaries of the Weinstein's family largesse, with $200,000 to the party's Senate campaign accounts, $23,200 to its House campaign arm senatorial and $46,350 to Hillary Clinton and to HILLPAC, a committee Clinton used to support other Democrats while senator. During a roughly 90-minute speech Monday night, Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, did not address the controversy.
The offices of former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden declined to comment as well.
Several Democrats announced their intention to return donations received from Weinstein or donate them to charity in the wake of the Times report.
There has been no comment from Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clinton, who condemned Donald Trump for boasting of sexual assault on the "Access Hollywood" tape.
"I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein", Clinton said in a statement.
Clinton will appear at the Bellco theater for a discussion of her book "What Happened" on November 16th.
Aides to Obama had no response on Tuesday.