Democrats in a flap over Weinstein donations

World | 13 Oct 2017

Harvey Weinstein's daughter made a 911 call concerning her father and his mental state on Wednesday morning and a video appeared to show him disorientated outside her home, it has been reported.

Weinstein was later thought to have traveled to a rehab center in Arizona, after his wife Georgina Chapman announced that she was leaving him.

Leading Democrats in the United States were coming under immense pressure to return their campaign contributions from the disgraced film producer.

On Wednesday Cara Delevingne, Heather Graham and Lea Seydoux came forward to accuse Weinstein of assault.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts suspended his membership, the BBC sacked him as producer of a television series of Les Miserables, and calls were growing for his CBE to be revoked.

New York-born Weinstein, 65, had over the course of 25 years accumulated more than US$2.2 million (HK$17 million) in donations for the Democrats.

Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, who is also a Democrat, declined to prosecute Weinstein in 2015 when handed an audio tape from an Italian-Filipina actress, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, in which Weinstein admitting groping her.

Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, chief assistant district attorney, in a statement defending the decision, said: "While the recording is horrifying to listen to, what emerged from the audio was insufficient to prove a crime under New York law, which requires prosecutors to establish criminal intent."

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