(USA Features) Former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton on Tuesday defended accepting contributions from convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein as she attended the Berlin Film Festival to see a documentary about her life.
“The jury’s verdict [in the Weinstein trial] really speaks for itself,” Clinton said at the screening of Hillary on Tuesday.
Clinton, when asked if Weinstein’s contributions to her presidential campaign meant that more scrutiny will be placed on the sources of those donations moving forward, noted that the disgraced Hollywood producer also gave to the campaigns of President Obama, former Secretary of State John Kerry (2004), and former Vice President Al Gore (2000).
“I don’t know if that should chill anyone else from contributing to political campaigns, but it should end the kind of behavior that he was convicted for,” she insisted.
Asked about who she was backing to be the next president, Clinton said her priority was to “retire Donald Trump” and that she would “wait and see who we [the Democrats] nominate,” and would support whoever does eventually take on Trump.
Clinton went onto praise Nanette Burstein, who directed the documentary, which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
“I’m really amazed at how they took all this material and turned it into a compelling film,” Clinton said.
“It’s not just about my life, it’s about the arc of women’s lives, about our politics, about all the challenges that any person faces in a lifetime. I am grateful that I have had the life that I have had.”