According to a new report, Hillary Clinton's inner circle received at least two warnings about Harvey Weinstein long before the scandal broke this year, including a warning in 2008 and another during the 2016 campaign that word of his alleged sexual crimes would be made public at some point.
In a piece published by The New York Times on Tuesday, actress Lena Dunham said that she notified Clinton campaign deputy communications manager Kristina Schake about Weinstein, saying that rumors of his sexual behavior were an "open secret" in Hollywood.
"I just want you to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist and this is going to come out at some point," Dunham claims she told Clinton’s campaign. "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."
During Clinton’s 2008 presidential race, magazine editor Tina Brown says she warned a member of Clinton's inner circle about Weinstein's sexually predatory behavior.
"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," Ms. Brown said in an email to The New York Times.
Dunham says that she also warned Clinton spokeswoman Adrienne Elrod in the summer of 2016 about Weinstein but that she did not see the campaign do anything in response to her warnings.
All of the Clinton officials that Dunham claimed that she warned denied ever receiving a warning from the diehard Clinton supporter.