Heinrich gives Weinstein contributions to Taos charity

October 12, 2017

In the face of growing allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood producer and Democratic Party benefactor Harvey Weinstein, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich has donated his campaign contributions from Weinstein to a charity in Taos.

“As soon as Sen. Heinrich learned of these allegations, he donated the $5,400 contribution to Community Against Violence, a nonprofit organization here in New Mexico,” Heinrich’s campaign spokeswoman, Marsha Garcia, told The New Mexican on Tuesday.

According to its website, Community Against Violence offers free and confidential services to “survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.”

Weinstein made two contributions, each for $2,700, to Heinrich, a Democrat from Albuquerque, on April 26.

Searches of state and federal databases Tuesday showed no other contributions by Weinstein to any other New Mexico politician.

The New York Times reported last week that several women, including actress Ashley Judd, had accused Weinstein of sexual harassment.

Accusations against Weinstein multiplied this week. The New Yorker reported that three women have accused Weinstein of rape and more than a dozen other women claimed he’d groped or sexually harassed them.

The New York Times published another article in which actresses including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie accused Weinstein of making unwanted sexual advances.

Weinstein has denied the charges in the most recent articles.

He and his brother, Bob Weinstein, founded the Miramax film company in the late 1970s. It grew to be one of the most successful independent studios in the country and was acquired by the Walt Disney Co. After leaving Miramax in 2005, the Weinstein brothers co-founded The Weinstein Co., which fired Harvey Weinstein earlier this week.

Contact Steve Terrell at 505-986-3037 or sterrell@sfnewmexica­n.com. Read his blog at www.santafenewmexican.com/roundhouse_roundup.