Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the actresses who have claimed sexual abuse by disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “prostitutes” and poured scorn on journalists who have accused a Russian lawmaker of sexual harassment.
Peskov, speaking to students in Moscow, said that the actresses who spoke out against Weinstein had become stars and “did a lot that is not compatible with the concept of honour and dignity.”
“They earned hundreds of millions of dollars and 10 years later, they say that Weinstein is to blame,” Peskov said in unusually outspoken comments reported by the Echo of Moscow popular radio station.
“Maybe he is a bastard but none of them went to the police! No, they wanted to earn 10 million dollars.”
“What do you call a woman who slept with a man for 10 million dollars? She’s called a prostitute,” Peskov said.
He was responding to a question about accusations of sexual harassment made by journalists against a senior member of the Russian parliament.
Several reporters with Western or independent media have accused Leonid Slutsky, head of the foreign affairs committee in parliament’s lower house, the State Duma, of making lewd sexual comments and groping.
The parliamentary ethics commission ruled that Slutsky had not committed any violations, prompting top media to boycott Slutsky and pull their journalists from covering the lower house.
Peskov has so far refused to comment on this in his official capacity, but he told students the women should have reported the offences immediately.
“If Slutsky attacked a poor journalist, where was she, why did she put up with it?” he asked.
“They got felt up in his office. Girls probably see better, but he can probably be seen as a not very pleasant man. If he felt you up, if he harassed you, why were you silent?”
“Why did so much time pass and then you go to the ethics commission? This just amazed me.”
In Russia’s macho culture claims of harassment are rare and the topic is largely taboo. There is also no law defining sexual harassment.
Michael Avenatti says he has El Chapo’s former jail cell — which the drug dealer described as ‘torture’: report
Attorney Michael Avenatti, the colorful attorney who came to prominence representing Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump, is unhappy with his jail conditions.
On Monday, his attorney wrote to the federal judge overseeing his trial to complain about the jail conditions Avenatti is experiencing during pre-trial detention.
Scott Srebnick, Avenatti's attorney, wrote to Judge Paul Gardephe to complain about the "notorious 10-South" section of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is being held in the Special Housing Unit.
"He is in a cell reportedly once occupied by El Chapo, on a floor that houses individuals charged with terrorism offenses," Avenatti's attorney wrote.
It is Greta Thunberg vs Donald Trump at climate-focused Davos gathering of economic elites: report
The starkly opposed visions of US President Donald Trump and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on climate change will clash in Davos on Tuesday as the World Economic Forum tries to face up to the perils of global warming on its 50th meeting.
The four-day gathering of the world's top political and business leaders in the Swiss Alps gets under way seeking to meet head-on the dangers to both the environment and economy from the heating of the planet.
Trump, who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, is set to give the first keynote address of Davos 2020 on Tuesday morning, on the same day as his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington.
‘Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?’: Preet Bharara flooded with replies to provocative question
Former United States Attorney Preet Bharara asked his 1.2 million Twitter followers a provocative question on the eve of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
With worries that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is presiding over a sham trial, many analysts have suggested that the Senate itself will be on trial.
"Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?" Bharara, who was fired by Trump, asked.
There are a number of potentially vulnerable Republicans facing voters in 2020, including McConnell himself, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).