Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stood by her alleged friendship with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein as the former filmmaker’s accusers gathered at a New York court for his rape and sexual assault trial.
The former first lady was asked during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter if she regretted her “lengthy association with Harvey Weinstein.”
She responded with a question of her own:
“How could we have known? He raised money for me, for the Obamas, for Democrats in general,” she said in the interview, published earlier this week. “And that at the time was something that everybody thought made sense. And of course, if all of us had known what we know now, it would have affected our behavior.”
Weinstein’s New York trial surrounds allegations that he forcibly performed oral sex on a woman in his apartment in 2006 and raped a budding actress in a Big Apple hotel room in 2013. More than 100 women have reportedly accused him of sexual assault or misconduct.
As the trial commenced Wednesday, a prosecutor told the court the now 67-year-old had taken calls from former President Bill Clinton while he was with one of his female accusers. Prosecutors went as far as showing a photograph of Weinstein rubbing elbows with Clinton.
Weinstein has been photographed with the Clintons in the past, and has donated thousands of dollars to the pair, including to the failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to OpenSecrets.org.
His trial continued Thursday morning.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.