Barack and Michelle Obama have befriended many in the entertainment industry, singers, actors, producers and investors. One particular connection that seemed to serve them well is the one with Harvey Weinstein. Malia Obama was able to do an internship with him, but now people are asking…at what cost.
Weinstein has allegedly been sexually abusing women who work with him for decades. According to many in Hollywood, this is an “open secret” that didn’t make it into the headlines until now.
The women who formally accused Weinstein were employees who lodged complaints through Weinstein’s company itself. The victims are comprised of actors, assistants, and many young women who hoped to enter the entertainment industry. Weinstein, as one of its most powerful gatekeepers, was allegedly more likely to oblige if the women met him at a hotel, for “work reasons,” and then give in to his sexually explicit requests.
Malia interned with Weinstein during her gap year before entering Harvard University this fall. Working for such a power-house like Weinstein must have been intimidating for Malia, and exciting at the same time. It is safe to assume that if her parents trusted him, she would as well.
We can only hope that Malia was never left alone with Weinstein and that she had her protection detail close to her at all times. It is unknown if Weinstein attempted any sexual deviance with Malia.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that Michelle Obama called Weinstein a “wonderful human being” and a “good friend,” at a 2013 film symposium. Then-president Barack Obama, also lavished praise on Weinstein during a fundraiser hosted by the producer.
Weinstein said, “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go,” as reported by the New York Times.