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Former President Barack Obama has broken his silence on the sexual assault allegations facing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, but he has yet to reveal what he plans to do with the money Weinstein raised for him.

The former president condemned Weinstein on behalf of himself and former first lady Michelle Obama, the Daily Mail reported. He did not mention the internship his daughter, Malia Obama, took with The Weinstein Company, nor did he mention what he will do with the money that Weinstein raised for his 2012 re-election campaign.

"Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," Barack said 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," the former president added. "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."

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also issued a statement reacting to the allegations.

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"I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein," Clinton said through her spokesperson, Nick Merrill, according to CNN. "The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior."

Weinstein, who hosted several fundraisers for the Democratic Party, was accused of sexually assaulting several actresses during his 30-year career. The bombshell allegations surfaced in early October, and lead to his termination from The Weinstein Company.

Barack and Clinton's statements come nearly a week after the allegations against Weinstein surfaced. Some people were critical of the former president's timing.

"This is just unconscionable to me that people with huge megaphones, even more important because they did receive his donations and had been patronized by him, do not come out and speak against this," said CNN Political Director David Chalian on Oct. 10.

"If you took money from [Weinstein] because this person had really good progressive goals that were in line with the politics, great," said "The Daily Show" co-creator Lizz Winstead on CNN Oct. 9. "When you find out that this person is a monster, especially a monster towards women, why wouldn't you denounce it? Why would you have shame? Come out and denounce it."

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Several Democratic senators have since pledged to return Weinstein's campaign contributions.

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Featured Image: Obama White House / Embedded Images: Georges Biard/Wikimedia Commons, Max Pixel

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