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Lena Dunham says Clinton campaign was well aware of Harvey Weinstein's alleged rapes

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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."

What was in the report?

Tuesday's Times report exposed the powerful relationships maintained by Weinstein, while alleging their complicity in assisting to cover up allegations of sexual assault, misconduct, and more against the embattled producer.

Weinstein has denied allegations of non-consensual sex.

What's Weinstein's history with Clinton?

Clinton was friendly with Weinstein in the past, as he'd donated money to several Clinton campaigns and hosted several star-studded fundraisers for those campaigns as well.

Clinton herself, in an October statement, decried Weinstein's alleged behaviors.

"I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein," Clinton's statement said. "The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior."

What did Dunham allege?

Dunham, speaking to the Times, revealed her own personal story with the Clinton campaign in which she alleged that she told those within the campaign that Weinstein shouldn't be involved.

"I just want you to let you know that Harvey’s a rapist and this is going to come out at some point," Dunham said she told Kristina Schake, the Clinton campaign's deputy communications director.

"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," the actress said she added.

Dunham said she didn't believe that Clinton was ever notified but told the Times that Schake seemed surprised by the information on Weinstein and said she would pass the information along to Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook.

Dunham said she also notified Adrienne Elrod, a Clinton spokesperson who was in charge of collaborating with celebrity campaigners.

Did anyone in Clinton's campaign respond to Dunham's comments?

According to Dunham's account in the Times report, the campaign didn't respond to her warnings.

Schake and Elrod denied to the Times any knowledge that Dunham discussed rape. Mook said he was never told of any warning whatsoever.

"We were shocked when we learned what he’d done," Clinton's communications director, Nick Merrill, said in a statement. "It’s despicable behavior, and the women that have come forward have shown enormous courage. As to claims about a warning, that’s something staff wouldn’t forget."

Merrill, directly addressing Dunham's claim, added, "Only she can answer why she would tell them instead of those who could stop him."

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