President Donald Trump on Saturday said he was “not at all surprised” by recent reports alleging that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed multiple women over a period of decades.
“I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for a long time. I’m not at all surprised to see it,” Trump told reporters outside the White House before he boarded a flight to North Carolina.
The New York Times released an explosive report earlier this week that said at least eight women have reached legal settlements with Weinstein after harassment and abuse allegations.
On Saturday, the high-profile lawyer Lisa Bloom, who typically represents women in sexual assault cases against powerful men, announced she was resigning from Weinstein’s legal team.
But when Trump was asked on Saturday about the Weinstein accusations in the context of his own history of sexual harassment and abuse allegations — particularly after the bombshell Access Hollywood tape released one year ago in which Trump boasted about groping women without their consent — Trump dismissed the comparison.
“That’s locker room. That’s locker room,” he said.
Since the Times report on Weinstein, other women have come forward to report similar allegations. HuffPost reported on Friday that the TV journalist Lauren Sivan, who was previously a news anchor on local cable channel Long Island 12, alleged that a decade ago Weinstein trapped her in the hallway of a restaurant that was closed to the public and masturbated in front of her until he ejaculated.
Elena Holodny contributed reporting.