Lena Dunham claimed she talked to Clinton's campaign aides about Weinstein's reputation in Hollywood and cautioned against relying on his image and support.
According to The New York Times, “Dunham said she was troubled by [Weinstein’s] visible presence during Mrs. Clinton’s presidential run, hosting fund-raisers and appearing at campaign events. She had heard stories, both directly and secondhand from other actresses about disturbing encounters with him.” So in March, she said, she warned the campaign.
Dunham said she told the campaign's deputy communications director Kristina Schake that "Harvey's a rapist and this is going to come out at some point."
She said she added, “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.”
Dunham said Schake was surprised at her warning and promised to tell campaign manager Robby Mook.
Dunham said she also warned Clinton spokeswoman Adrienne Elrod, but that as far as she could tell, the campaign wasn't going to respond or act on her warnings.
The strangest part, however, is that the women Dunham supposedly warned said that Dunham never mentioned rape, and Robby Mook said he was never warned about Weinstein.
Either Dunham is exaggerating what she said to these campaign officials or they’re not remembering properly and they didn’t take her warnings as seriously as they maybe should have.
Nick Merrill, the communications director, said in a statement that the campaign and Clinton were "shocked" to find out about the allegations against Weinstein.
“As to claims about a warning,” the statement read, “that’s something staff wouldn’t forget.” Talking about Dunham, the statement continued, “Only she can answer why she would tell them instead of those who could stop him.”
Whatever happened, it's pretty clear that the warning never actually reached Hillary Clinton's ears, and Dunham agreed that that was most likely the case.
When Clinton did find out about the allegations, along with everyone else, she pledged to donate the money she received from Weinstein to a women’s organization.
Still, Dunham was troubled that her supposed warnings were brushed off.
What do you think? Did Hillary Clinton’s campaign ignore prescient warnings from Lena Dunham? Should Dunham have taken her concerns to someone who could actually do something about them? This a tough one.