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MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd, a Harvey Weinstein ‘Friend,’ Still Silent on Sexual Abuse


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The Motion Picture Association of America and its chief, former Democratic senator Chris Dodd, have yet to comment on the slew of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood giant Harvey Weinstein, a longtime friend and political donor of Dodd's.
Dodd, who took the reins of MPAA in 2011 after a 30-year stint in the U.S. Senate, has made no public comment on the rape and sexual assault allegations against Weinstein that have piled up after numerous women told their stories to the New York Times and The New Yorker a month ago. The MPAA, which works with major film studios including The Weinstein Company, has not put out a press release on sexual assault by Weinstein or others in the entertainment industry.
Dodd had an existing relationship with Weinstein before he joined MPAA. Weinstein gave more money to Dodd during his political career than he gave to any of the other Democrats he supported. Dodd admitted in 2012 that their friendship affected the way the MPAA worked with Weinstein.
"I've known Harvey for 25, 30 years, and we've been friends," Dodd said when explaining why MPAA hosted a screening for a Weinstein film. "He was very helpful to me as a candidate for Congress and as a senator over the years.":snip:

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