Harvey Weinstein’s Liberal Friends Are Turning on Him

Update: On Sunday evening, Oct. 8, 2017, film producer Harvey Weinstein was fired from his own film studio, The Weinstein Company. “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” the Weinstein Company’s board of representatives said in a statement released Sunday night.

One of Hollywood’s top producers for decades, Harvey Weinstein has also been a major donor to various politicians in the Democratic Party.

Newly released allegations in a New York Times report have now revealed the movie producer as a man who abused his position at his various companies to take advantage of and mistreat women.

In light of these shocking claims, which Weinstein has made very little effort to refute, politicians are already lining up to get rid of donations received from the producer.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced he would be taking a recent $2,700 donation from Weinstein and moving it from his re-election campaign to charity.

Others are following his lead, leaving Weinstein with likely few friends left in the political arena. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) all announced they would donate Weinstein funds to charities.

"Women shouldn’t have to face sexual harassment at work," Sen. Heinrich's campaign said in a public statement. "Martin is giving Mr. Weinstein’s donation to Community Against Violence."

Weinstein has donated nearly $1.5 million to political candidates, parties, and action committees since 1990, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Two other politicians to whom Weinstein donated heavily, and seemed friendly with, were former President Barack Obama and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Neither has publicly commented, as of Friday, on Weinstein's past behavior.

Now that Weinstein is a seeming pariah in the political arena, he may find his promised fight against the NRA a tad more difficult.

The producer may even have trouble continuing to do what he's best known for — producing movies.

Many Hollywood celebs, especially actresses, have come out on social media to condemn Weinstein and anyone who chooses to work with him in the future.

One of Weinstein's longest standing professional relationships is with filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Weinstein has produced each of the director's movies. As of Friday afternoon, Tarantino has not yet publicly commented on his producer's actions.

This article was updated on Oct. 8, 2017.

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Last Modified: October 8, 2017, 7:54 pm

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