President Donald Trump says movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s conviction on criminal sexual assault and third-degree rape charges was a “great victory” for women.
Speaking at a news conference in New Delhi, where he is on a state visit, Trump said it sent a “very strong message” to women who were afraid to report sexual assault and harassment, ABC News reports.
“I think from the standpoint of women it was a great thing, it was a great victory,” said Trump, who has denied numerous accusations of sexual assault—at times mocking the women who have made them.
At the same time, he used the opportunity for a political barb against Democrats.
“The people who liked [Weinstein] were the Democrats,” claimed Trump, who has been photographed together with Weinstein at social events. “He gave tremendous money to the Democrats.”
The question now, Trump said, is whether the Democrats give the money back?
Weinstein was found guilty of sexual assault Monday, the first conviction to emerge from the dozens of misconduct allegations against the once-powerful movie producer. The jury determined that Weinstein forced a sex act on former assistant Mimi Haley at his apartment in July 2006 and raped former aspiring actress Jessica Mann at a hotel in 2013, the Washington Post reported.