Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, finally spoke out about the sexual scandal involving their good friend Harvey Weinstein.
The Obamas, pictured above with eldest daughter Malia, were heavily criticized for allowing Malia to intern with Weinstein’s company, despite knowing that he was a sexual predator.
In a statement released Tuesday evening, Mr. Obama said:
“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status.”
Since the news broke on October 5, ten women have come forward accusing Weinstein, 65, of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape.
For decades the disgraced Hollywood mogul was protected by his friends, including powerful politicians who accepted substantial donations from him for their campaigns.
Edit: Harvey Weinstein’s wife and the mother of his 2 youngest children, Georgina Chapman, announced she’s leaving him. “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.
Weinstein said earlier that his wife and 5 children were standing by him.
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