"Michelle and I Have Been Disgusted by the Recent Reports": The Obamas Issue a Powerful Response to the Harvey Weinstein News

They've joined Hillary Clinton in condemning the powerful movie executive.

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Following reports of sexual misconduct in The New York Times (opens in new tab) and The New Yorker (opens in new tab), former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have released a statement about Harvey Weinstein.

“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status,” Obama said in a statement (opens in new tab). "We should celebrate the courage of women who have come forward to tell these painful stories. And we all need to build a culture—including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect—so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future."

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Michelle and Barack Obama's daughter, Malia, interned for The Weinstein Company's NYC office (opens in new tab) over the summer. Harvey Weinstein himself is a known supporter of the Democratic party, and fundraised for Hillary Clinton's recent campaign (as well as Obama's campaign in 2012). Clinton released a statement (opens in new tab) saying she was "shocked and appalled by the revelations."

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Mehera Bonner is a news writer who focuses on celebrities and royals.