Donald Trump "Not at All" Surprised by Harvey Weinstein Allegations
The president addressed the controversy surrounding the Hollywood producer on Saturday afternoon.
President Donald Trump addressed the sexual-harassment allegations surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on Saturday afternoon at a White House press pool.
"I've known Harvey Weinstein for a long time," Trump told reporters outside the White House before heading out on a trip to North Carolina for a fundraising event. "I'm not at all surprised," the president continued, referencing the allegations brought against Weinstein in the wake of the New York Times report of the producer's decades of harassment of various women. Weinstein has since taken an "indefinite leave of absence" from his production company.
The president's comments came on the one-year anniversary of the release of the infamous Access Hollywood tape of Trump making lewd comments with host Billy Bush that surfaced during last year's election. A women’s advocacy group played the video on a large screen for 12 hours uninterrupted on Friday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Landers of CNN tweeted that she asked Trump how the allegations against Weinstein differed from his comments on the Access Hollywood tape, to which Trump reportedly responded by calling his comments on the tape "locker-room talk," a phrase he used during the presidential debates in 2016 after the tape was released.
For Weinstein, Saturday morning saw more news as his legal adviser, Lisa Bloom, announced she would be resigning. "I have resigned as an advisor to Harvey Weinstein. My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement," she wrote in a tweet.
Also on Saturday, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski announced she would be terminating her book deal with The Weinstein Co. if Weinstein himself did not resign. "I have a three-book deal with Weinstein Books, through Hachette. I can’t go forward with those books unless Harvey resigns," she tweeted.
In addition to Weinstein's leave of absence, three members of the nine-member, all-male board of The Weinstein Co. also resigned, including Dirk Ziff, Tim Sarnoff and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, who joined the board when former Cablevision CEO (and close friend of Weinstein's) James Dolan vacated his seat in June 2016.