Lena Dunham says performing at the Clinton-Weinstein benefit was “betrayal of my own values,” in an article published Monday.
Dunham, the former star of “Girls” and avid supporter of Hillary Clinton, advocated for men to denounce the actions of producer Harvey Weinstein following sexual assault allegations, according to an article she wrote for The New York Times Monday.
Dunham, who claimed she “heard rumors” about Weinstein, still performed at a Weinstein benefit for then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the fall of 2016 since she wanted “so desperately to support” her candidate,” wrote Dunham.
“I’m sorry I shook the hand of someone I knew was not a friend to women in my industry,” added Dunham, saying that her apology was not “an act of cowardice.”
Dunham instead advocated for men to denounce Weinstein’s action.
“Men of Hollywood, what are you sorry for? What will you refuse to accept anymore? What will you say to fill the void and change the standard,” Dunham wrote, adding that men are too embarrassed to come forward and denounce such actions.
“It’s time to step up for us,” tweeted Dunham.
Men in Hollywood, it’s time to step up for us. https://t.co/ygKPXCK0BJ
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 9, 2017
Weinstein who launched the Weinstein Company in 2005 was fired by co-chairman and brother Bob Weinstein Sunday due to the allegations. However, he is still listed as co-chairman on the company website.
Despite Dunham being a strong supporter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and denouncing Weinstein’s actions, Clinton herself has yet to speak out about the actions of Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein donated $46, 350 to Clinton during her run for president He also gave approximately $100,0001 to $250, 000 to the Clinton Foundation through June 2017, reported Fox News.
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