Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Barack and Michelle Obama today broke their silence on the sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein, who hosted Obama as president when he visited his Westport home five years ago for a fundraiser.
“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein,” they wrote in a statement.
“Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status. We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories.
“And we all need to build a culture — including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect — so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future.”
The Obamas were the latest prominent Democrats to denounce Weinstein’s actions. Their daughter, Malia, interned for the Weinstein Co., which Harvey Weinstein was forced out of on Sunday.
At the $35,800 a head Westport fundraiser on Aug. 7, 2012, Weinstein heaped praise on Obama, according to the press pool admitted for a short time.
”Leading with your heart is the utmost for this president,” the movie producer said. “Fighting for Planned Parenthood and protecting women’s rights, this president has fought the good fight,” adding that, “You can make the case that he’s the Paul Newman of American presidents.”
Among those in attendance were Paul Newman’s widow, Joanne Woodward, and daughter Clea.
Obama returned Weinstein’s compliments, saying, “Harvey and [wife] Georgina have just been great friends and have done so much for us—not just in this election, but in the previous one. “
Meanwhile, People magazine quoted Weinstein’s wife, designer Georgina Chapman, as saying she is leaving him.
The two were married in 2007 at Weinstein’s Westport home at a spectacular wedding attended by a star-studded guest list and celebrated with fireworks on Long Island Sound.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” she said. “I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”
Chapman, 41, and Weinstein, 65, have two children, a daughter, India Pearl, and a son, Dashiell.
He had three children with his first wife and former assistant Eve Chilton.
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