Hillary Clinton To Give Weinstein's Donations To Charity

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced she will be giving her Democratic donations from producer Harvey Weinstein to charity.

While speaking to CNN on Oct. 11, Clinton announced she will be joining her Democratic colleagues in giving their donations from Weinstein to charity following the bombshell allegations of sexual assault and harassment lodged against him.

"There's no one to give it back to," Clinton told CNN. "What other people are saying, what my former colleagues are saying, is that they're going to donate it to charity, and of course I will do that. I give 10 percent of my income to charity every year, this will be part of that. There's no doubt about it."

The movie mogul raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Clinton since her first campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in New York, according to the Daily Mail.

"I was appalled. It was something that was just intolerable in every way," Clinton said of Weinstein's alleged behavior. "And, you know, like so many people who've come forward and spoken out, this was a different side of a person who I and many others had known in the past."

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"People in Democratic politics for a couple of decades appreciated his help and support," she added. "And people who never spoke out before having the courage to speak out, just clearly demonstrates that this behavior that he engaged in cannot be tolerated and cannot be overlooked."

Clinton drew some criticism for waiting five days after the scandal broke to issue a statement.

Former President Barack Obama also issued a statement condemning Weinstein's alleged behavior, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," Obama said. "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," he 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."

The Democratic National Committee and at least seven Democratic senators have since announced they will be returning Weinstein's campaign donations or giving them to charity.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey said they will be donating Weinstein's contributions to charity, while Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico pledged to return the money.

The Democratic National Committee said it would donate $30,000 to women's groups. The committee has received more than $250,000 from Weinstein since 2003, according to the Daily Mail.

Sources: CNN, Daily Mail, Los Angeles Times / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Image: Reuters via Daily MailChristian Alminana/Getty Images via Vulture

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