Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will donate to charity $5,600 in political contributions he received from movie executive Harvey Weinstein, a spokeswoman for the lawmaker confirmed to HuffPost.
Leahy’s decision follows aNew York Times report chronicleddecades of sexual harassment claims against Weinstein. The co-chairman of the Weinstein Co. settled at least eight lawsuits over harassment claims since the 1990s, according to the story.
Those who discussed the uncomfortable encounters includeactresses Rose McGowanand Ashley Judd.
Women accused Weinstein of forcing them to give himmassages while he was nakedand asking permission to fondle them. Weinstein did not deny the allegations andresponded to the article by saying he would take time off to “deal with this issue head on.”
Weinstein, a major Hollywood player for decades, has made a number of political contributions, including several over the years to Hillary Clinton. He also gave $5,400 to the re-election campaigns of Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sen.Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen.Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.),and $30,858.13 to the Democratic National Committee in 2016,the Daily Beast reports.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.