We all recall the former President, Bill Clintons scandal with Monica Lewinsky. Interestingly, Hollywood jumped to Clinton’s financial aid with one in particular who is facing his own sexual allegations currently, Harvey Weinstein.
Over 20 women have now publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, sexual assault or rape. Once the New York Times and the New Yorker published in-depth stories detailing the testimonies of women who have been abused by Weinstein—and in many cases, paid off with airtight non-disclosure agreements—the stories have continued to be revealed.
During the late 1990’s, former President Bill Clinton was involved in a civil lawsuit over sexual harassment while he was the governor of Arkansas. During the discovery phase of the suit, they were looking for any inappropriate relationships Clinton has had and this is when the name of a White House intern came up.
Monika Lewinsky was in the middle of a scandal with Bill Clinton and we all remember the dress. At that time when Clinton was denying the scandal, he had a great deal of support. The support came in financial forms from Hollywood.
According to the Washington Post:
Hollywood was quick to come to the president’s aid. Among the 62 donors giving the maximum $10,000 were performers and directors such as Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, Michael Douglas, Ron Howard, Norman Lear, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw-Spielberg as well as studio executives Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Harvey Weinstein and Bud Yorkin.
In August 1998, a report from the Washington Post said Clinton was being accused of perjury and obstruction of justice regarding his testimony about his conduct with Lewinsky. That is when Hollywood stepped up, and Harvey Weinstein was happy to contribute to Clinton’s defense.