Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama have issued a statement following Harvey Weinstein‘s sexually harassment scandal.
“Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports of Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status,” the statement from Obama reads. “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.”
Along with many other Democrats, Weinstein has contributed mightily to Obama’s political campaigns over the years. Barack and Michelle’s eldest daughter, Malia Obama, also interned at The Weinstein Company this year.