The 45-year-old made the claims in a New York Times piece published on Tuesday (05Dec17), saying she has heard stories from multiple women who heard her name mentioned during their alleged encounters with Weinstein. "I think it's a really bad idea for him to host fund-raisers and be involved because it's an open secret in Hollywood that he has a problem with sexual assault".
Harvey Weinstein and the leadership of both Miramax and The Weinstein Company have been slapped with a new class-action lawsuit from women who accuse the disgraced mogul of sexual misconduct.
But the article also details Weinstein's long-running association with Bill and Hillary Clinton, for whom he raised funds and donated cash.
"Only she can answer why she would tell them instead of those who could stop him", he added on the subject of Dunham's claim.
He is now under investigation by NYPD, LAPD, Scotland Yard and Beverly Hills Police.
Dunham also says she told Adrienne Elrod, a spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton, about Weinstein.
Did anyone in Clinton's campaign respond to Dunham's comments?
Dunham said she didn't believe that Clinton was ever notified but told the Times that Schake seemed surprised by the information on Weinstein and said she would pass the information along to Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook. As to claims about a warning, that's something staff wouldn't forget...
It appears that their warnings went unheeded because Weinstein helped organize a star-packed fundraiser for Clinton weeks before the election: an evening on Broadway with Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway and others.
"This is Harvey Weinstein University, and I decide if you graduate", Rehal says he told her and the other employees to frighten them into obedience.
"We were shocked when we learned what he'd done", Clinton's communications director, Nick Merrill, said in a statement.
Dunham was apparently "troubled" by Weinstein's presence at Clinton presidential campaign events.
Weinstein's career in Hollywood was destroyed after reports came forward accusing him of intimidating, sexually harassing and abusing women for decades. Discussions about the project continued for months, with Clinton's lawyer exchanging emails with Weinstein about potential European buyers as recently as September 28. The New Yorker followed with another explosive story a few days later.