A Hollywood producer and friend of the Clinton family says she cautioned three “top level” Democratic operatives against allowing Harvey Weinstein to headline political fundraising events due to allegations of sexual impropriety.
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, a Hollywood producer and screenwriter, said her warnings regarding Weinstein’s behavior were ignored, in a tell all article about her experience as a woman in the entertainment industry.
“I confess to having had no problem warning at least three top-level Democratic operatives against allowing Harvey Weinstein to host political fundraisers,” Bloodworth-Thomason wrote. “A warning that evidently (and to the glee of Fox News) fell on deaf ears.”
Weinstein, a wealthy film mogul who has been accused of rampant sexual assault by numerous women in the entertainment industry, established himself as a high profile Democratic donor in the 1990s, contributing millions to various candidates including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.
In the article, Bloodworth-Thomason describes former President Bill Clinton as one of her “best friends” and claims to have helped write the apology speech he gave after his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky became public.
A fellow Arkansas resident, Linda and her husband Harry Thomason became friends with the Clinton’s during the 1980s when Bill served as governor of the state. Linda and her husband, a Hollywood producer himself, used their show business connections to further the Clintons’ respective political careers.
The couple stood by former President Bill Clinton after reports of his sexual misbehavior became public, even producing a laudatory documentary entitled “The Man From Hope” designed to rehabilitate his “every man” image.
Scores of high profile Democrats who accepted Weinstein’s contributions distanced themselves from him in the wake of numerous reports that he used his professional stature to prey on young, aspiring actresses. The lawmakers repeated a similar refrain, insisting they knew nothing of Weinstein’s boorish behavior and quickly vowing to contribute his political donations to various charities that seek to empower women.
Despite these disavowals, their is significant evidence to suggest that Weinstein developed a reputation among Hollywood elite as an opportunistic cad. In 2013, comedic writer Seth Macfarlane joked about Weinstein’s exploits onstage at the Oscars. After reading the names of five nominees, Macfarlane jokingly remarked, “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” and received a raucous response of cheers and laughter from the assembled crowd.
In a similar example of Weinstein’s reputation for libidinous behavior, a 2012 episode of NBC’s “Thirty Rock” features one female character who jokes that she has “turned down intercourse with Harvey Weinstein on no less than three occasions.”
Bloodworth-Thomason’s revelation suggests that Weinstein’s infamy as a sexual predator made its way from Hollywood circles into the political elite, where it was promptly ignored.
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