Malia Obama May Testify Against Harvey Weinstein

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Following sexual harassment allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, Malia Obama, daughter of former President Barack Obama, may be asked to testify and share what she knows.

Malia interned at Weinstein Co. only three months before the bombshell report from The New York Times that detailed decades-worth of allegations against the movie mogul, according to Blast. 

The former first daughter may be summoned to give her testimony as part of the class action suit against Weinstein in order to establish wether she saw or heard anything of interest during her time working at the company.

The 19-year-old, who is currently studying at Harvard, worked closely with the production department and was involved with the development of new projects. As part of her paid internship, she would read and pitch scripts to executives.

The class action lawsuit against Weinstein alleges that the producer and his company actively tried to cover up decades worth of sexual harassment or assault. Depositions given by Malia would help the law firm create a strategy to convince authorities to further investigate Weinstein and possibly pursue criminal action.

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On Oct. 5, The New York Times published a report detailing allegations against Weinstein that spanned decades. Five days later, the New Yorker published yet another bombshell article, with allegations from 13 more actresses -- three of which say that Weinstein raped them.

Following the allegations, Weinstein has been removed from his own company and has been removed from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, according to the BBC. 

While Weinstein has apologized, acknowledging that he had "caused a lot of pain," he denies ever engaging in non-consensual sex. The Metropolitan Police in the UK is currently investigating a number of sexual assault allegations in London spanning from the late 1980s to 2015. 

Barack himself condemned the movie mogul, who raised millions for the Democratic Party.

"Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," said the former president, according to People. "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status.

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"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."

Sources: Blast, BBC, People / Featured Image: David Shankbone/Flickr / Embedded Images: Master Sergeant Cecilio Ricardo, United States Air Force via Wikimedia Commons, Max Pixel

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