Adrienne Elrod, former communications director for Hillary for America, addressed claims Thursday that she knew Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault and harassment during the 2016 campaign.
The New York Times reported that actress Lena Dunham warned Elrod that Weinstein stood accused of misconduct and said she was worried about his prominent role in the campaign. Dunham said she told several campaign officials about Weinstein, but believed that the campaign never addressed the issue.
During an MSNBC interview Thursday, Elrod refused to directly dispel or confirm Dunham’s claims.
“Lena was one of our most active surrogates on the campaign, she was an incredibly force especially with millennial woman,” Elrod began. “I don’t recall the conversation that I had with Lena in perhaps the same way that she does.”
“What do you remember about that conversation?” MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing pressed.
“I don’t want to get into private discussions I had with our surrogates on the campaign,” Elrod dodged. “Again, what I will say is that I don’t recall the conversation that same way, but I will say if anybody came forward…to the campaign with allegations that we now know to be true about Mr. Weinstein, I can assure you that anybody on the campaign would have sounded the alarm bell.”
Jansing asked if that meant the campaign had to know the allegations against Weinstein were true before they “sounded the alarm bells.”
Elrod insisted again that she wouldn’t share the contents of a private conversation and that if she knew about verified allegations against Weinstein she would have done something.