Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein once recorded a robocall for Mike Bloomberg’s 2005 mayoral bid, according to a new report.
Weinstein, who was handed his verdict on Monday, endorsed the now-presidential hopeful in his run for second term as mayor of New York City, Huffington Post reported Tuesday.
Bloomberg’s relationship with Weinstein, the face of the #MeToo movement, is being circulated by rival democratic campaigns in an attempt to derail the billionaire’s White House bid.
A report from the now-defunct New York Sun was unearthed by the Huffington Post and details how Weinstein, 67, then a major Democratic donor, recorded a robocall for Bloomberg.
“New York City is a great place to make movies. And we’ve got a great leader in Mike Bloomberg,” Weinstein said, according to the Sun report.
While Weinstein was not charged with any crimes in 2005, Bloomberg’s rivals have seized on links between the two men.
On Monday, a group advocating for Bernie Sanders circulated a video of Bloomberg honoring Weinstein with an award in 2013.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2017, Bloomberg denied having any knowledge of the dozens of sexual harassment claims against Weinstein.
“I certainly never heard stories,” he told the publication. “I don’t know about rumors or anything, but I never heard stories. I’m not tuned in to the Hollywood thing.”
A Bloomberg spokesman said Weinstein helped raise “tens of millions of dollars for 9/11 responders” years before “the truth” about his predatory behavior was known.
The presidential wannabe has also been plagued by sexual harassment claims from former female employees.
This week, he announced he would release some women from non-disclosure agreements they signed while working at his company.