Noting that their accounts are backed up by text messages, the Times reports two women say Weinstein invited them to his hotel room at the Toronto Film Festival in September, made "massage requests, other unwelcome advances and offers of career help", then told them not to speak of the encounter.
The lawsuit claims that Weinstein and the companies he worked with colluded together to hide Weinstein's widespread sexual harassment and assaults for years.
Lena Dunham stated in a Tuesday New York Times exposé that she - a fastidious supporter of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race - explicitly warned Clinton's campaign about Harvey Weinstein being a "rapist". In numerous alleged incidents, women said that Weinstein invited them into his hotel room under the guise of a professional meeting, but then asked them for massages or sex.
The "Girls" star told the newspaper that she also warned Adrienne Elrod, a Clinton spokeswoman, about rumors surrounding Weinstein.
The powerful businessmen who sat on The Weinstein Company board including billionaire Paul Tudor Jones, Hillary Clinton pal Marc Lasry and MSG boss Jim Dolan are being implicated in the movie mogul's sex scandal in a bombshell new court filing.
This was strongly denied by the Clinton campaign.
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"I was hearing that Harvey's sleaziness with women had escalated since I left Talk in 2002 and she was unwise to be so closely associated with him", she told the Times in an email.
Ms. Dunham said that Ms. Schake seemed surprised at her warning, and that Ms. Schake said she would tell Robby Mook, the campaign manager, Ms. Dunham recalled in an interview. Much of it we've read before in some way or another, but there's some very intriguing reporting on the connections between Weinstein and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
"We were shocked when we learned what he'd done", Clinton's communications director, Nick Merrill, said in a statement.
Soon after, Clnton and Weinstein began planning a TV documentary about her campaign, the Times said. It's despicable behaviour, and the women that have come forward have shown enormous courage.
Clinton's campaign claimed they were "shocked" by the allegations and that the campaign's staff "wouldn't forget" such a warning.
"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.