NEW DELHI – President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was “never a fan” of Harvey Weinstein and told reporters that Democrats should return campaign money they collected from him.
“I was never a fan of Harvey Weinstein,” Trump told reporters in India, where he is on a 36-hour trip. “I was just not a fan of his. I knew him a little bit. The people that liked him were the Democrats. Michelle Obama loved him. Hillary Clinton loved him.”
A jury in New York found Weinstein guilty on Monday of a first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape but acquitted him on the two most serious charges of predatory sexual assault and one charge of first-degree rape.
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The split verdict followed a weeks-long trial featuring graphic testimony from six of the movie mogul’s tearful accusers.
Weinstein will be sentenced on March 11. He faces a prison sentence of at least five years and possibly as long as 25 years. The acquittal on the most serious charges spared him the possibility of life in prison.
The New York trial is considered historic because it’s the first major celebrity sex-crime trial of the #MeToo era. It culminated more than two years of world-wide condemnation of Weinstein and scores of other powerful men in multiple industries for an array of alleged crimes and misconduct.
Trump himself has faced allegations of sexual misconduct. At least 20 women have accused him of sexual misconduct or inappropriate behavior dating as far back as the 1970s. He has never been charged with a crime involving any of those allegations.
Contributing: Patrick Ryan and Maria Puente
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