The New York Times has revealed that actress Lena Dunham, like practically everyone in Hollywood, knew about now-disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein's penchant for nudity and masturbation in the proximity of actresses intimidated by his power. But rather than call him out on it or spread the word among the sisterhood of women like a good feminist, she -- like practically everyone in Hollywood -- kept quite about the "open secret" and warned only Hillary Clinton’s campaign, to protect her candidate from being linked to potential scandal.
Fox News reports that the star of HBO's Girls told the Times that she had heard stories about Weinstein from victimized actresses, so in March of 2016 she warned Clinton campaign deputy communications manager Kristina Schake that his participation in fundraisers for Hillary might backfire. Weinstein was a longtime friend of the Clintons and contributor to Hillary's 2016 election campaign.
“I just want you to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist and this is going to come out at some point,” Dunham said she told Schake. “I think it’s a really bad idea for him to host fundraisers and be involved because it’s an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault.” A surprised Schake reportedly told Dunham she would relay the message to campaign manager Robby Mook.
Dunham said she also told Clinton spokeswoman Adrienne Elrod, about Weinstein, but that “the campaign had not responded to her concerns.”
When Hillary finally broke her silence about Weinstein in a statement delivered by her campaign communications director Nick Merrill, she said, “I was shocked and appalled by the revelations" about him.
Merrill, however, told the Times that no one ever told him about Dunham’s warning regarding Weinstein, and Schake and Elrod both “denied” that the actress “mentioned rape” when she raised her concerns.