Prior to leaving the White House for a trip to North Carolina, Donald Trump told White House correspondents that he was “not at all surprised” by the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein that were described in a New York Times report released Thursday.
“I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for a long time, and I’m not at all surprised to see it,” Trump said.
The Hollywood titan settled at least eight allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct spanning several decades, an investigation by the New York Times revealed. The paper said Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan were among his targets.
In his statement following the release of the Times’ story, Weinstein said he would be focusing on making a movie about Trump and hoped that he could make a “joint retirement party” for Trump and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
When asked by CNN’s Elizabeth Landers how Weinstein’s allegations were different from Trump’s own “Access Hollywood” tape scandal in which he was overheard talking about grabbing women “by the p***y,” Trump dismissed the tape as “locker room talk” and moved on to another question.
Watch Trump’s comments on Weinstein in the clip above.