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Lena Dunham warned Clinton aides that Weinstein was a rapist

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So the faux-feminist knew about Weinstein yet said nothing publicly. Such a brave womyn.

From Yahoo: Harvey Weinstein was discussing a new documentary TV show with Hillary Clinton’s team the month before he was exposed as an alleged serial sexual predator—and despite her team having been warned about him—according to a new report.

The New York Times published a detailed account on Tuesday, based on nearly 200 interviews, that describes the network of complicity surrounding the disgraced movie mogul. It largely covers how assistants, journalists, and agents helped Weinstein target young actresses and cover up his alleged misconduct.

But the article also details Weinstein’s long-running association with Bill and Hillary Clinton, for whom he raised funds and donated cash. It’s not clear whether allegations of his sexual activities reached the Clintons themselves, but the actress and writer Lena Dunham said she warned Hillary Clinton’s deputy communications director, Kristina Schake, in 2016 that Weinstein was a rapist and that this would come out at some point.

Tina Brown, the veteran journalist and publisher, also said she warned Clinton’s team during the 2008 presidential race, saying it was unwise for the candidate to associate with Weinstein.

“We were shocked when we learned what he’d done,” Clinton communications director Nick Merrill told the Times “It’s despicable behavior, and the women that have come forward have shown enormous courage. As to claims about a warning, that’s something staff wouldn’t forget… Only [Dunham] can answer why she would tell them instead of those who could stop him.”

According to the Times, Weinstein was emailing with Clinton lawyer Robert Barnett in September this year, discussing distribution rights for “a documentary television show he was working on with Hillary Clinton.”

Other fresh details include Gwyneth Paltrow’s allegation that Weinstein falsely told people she had slept with him, suggesting that for other actresses who followed suit, it would be “the best thing you can do for your career now.”

Apart from that, the article largely expands on what has emerged over the past few months: that Weinstein got people to dig up dirt on women who might report his misconduct, and that his business associates regularly suppressed information on his behalf and tolerated his behavior.

It also shows Weinstein called in favors among friends in the tabloid press, such as The National Enquirer, to run hit pieces on his potential accusers.

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Scarlett Johansson attacks Ivanka Trump as ‘cowardly’ and ‘disappointing’

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I doubt Ivanka is losing sleep over Scarlett being “disappointed” in her.

From Daily Mail: Actress Scarlett Johansson has launched a scathing attack on Ivanka Trump as ‘cowardly’ and ‘disappointing – weeks after playing her on Saturday Night Live. The 32-year-old used an appearance in New York to lace into the president’s daughter and adviser, accusing her of ‘standing behind a man’.

Johansson played Ivanka in a skit on SNL last month, advertising a perfume called ‘Complicit’.

On Thursday she appeared at the Women in the World conference in New York, which is run by Tina Brown, the former magazine editor who is a close friend of Hillary Clinton.

The actress was there to take part in a discussion described as ‘breaking up the boys club, an intimate conversation with Scarlett Johansson about her work, her activism and motherhood’. She was interviewed by Ariana Huffington, the founder of the liberal website Huffington Post, who began by playing the SNL sketch.

Johansson immediately weighed in on Ivanka, 35, who used an interview with CBS earlier this week to say: ‘If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit.’

The actress – who had endorsed Democratic presidential loser Hillary Clinton – told Huffington that Ivanka’s interview with Gayle King on CBS was ‘baffling’.

Ivanka had said on the interview ‘I would say not to conflate lack of denouncement with silence… I think there are multiple ways to have your voice heard’ as she emphasized that she did not always agree with her father.

But Johansson said: ‘You can’t have it both ways. If you take a job as a public advocate, then you have to advocate publicly.’ She added: ‘It’s such an old-fashioned concept to stand behind a man – what about standing in front of him and beside him?’

And she called Ivanka’s position ‘uninspired’ and ‘cowardly’, and said she was ‘disappointed’ in her.

She also suggested that it must be hard for Ivanka, whom she knew from growing up in New York, to find herself in the position she was in. ‘She has the power to make a big impact just by being vocal. She’s very well spoken, smart and intelligent woman and engaging. It baffles me.’

Johansson, who recently split from her husband Romain Dauriac, was not asked about their custody battle over two-year-old daughter Rose, despite the panel being about ‘motherhood’.

She was however asked about running for office, and said ‘I would never rule anything out.’ 

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