Hillary Clinton Says She's "Shocked and Appalled" by Harvey Weinstein Claims

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Barack and Michelle Obama also spoke out about Weinstein on Tuesday.

Former presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broke her silence Tuesday afternoon and released a statement about the claims of sexual harassment and assault made against Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood mogul who donated generously to her campaigns.

"I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein," Clinton said in the statement. "The behavior described by the women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior."

Clinton had not commented publicly about the allegations against Weinstein, which were brought to surface in an investigation published by The New York Times on Thursday. Her former 2016 running mate, Tim Kaine, said on CNN on Tuesday morning that he's sure "she'll have a word to say when the time's right for her."

Barack and Michelle Obama also released a statement about Weinstein on Tuesday. "Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein," the statement read. "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status."

The statement continued: "We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories. 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."

Clinton, Obama and many other prominent Democrats and party campaign committees have received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Weinstein over the years. Many Democrats have returned or donated the money given to them by Weinstein, though Kaine suggested on Tuesday morning that his 2016 donations have been spent.