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Putin spokesman calls Harvey Weinstein accusers ‘prostitutes’

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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.”

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“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.

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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.

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“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.”

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In Russia’s macho culture claims of harassment are rare and the topic is largely taboo. There is also no law defining sexual harassment.


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Former FBI agent Asha Rangappa explained that the recent revelations that President Donald Trump made a promise to a foreign leader that made an intelligence official uncomfortable enough to declare themselves a whistleblower.

Rangapp explained that the President has a fairly wide latitude to conduct foreign affairs as he sees fit. But "when it comes to the 'outside world,' the President represents the sovereign: He is basically the voice of the United States and can negotiate with world leaders on its behalf."

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Canada’s Trudeau admits to racist ‘brownface’ makeup in high school Halloween costume

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized Wednesday for wearing brownface makeup to a party 18 years ago, as he scrambled to get on top of a fresh blow to a re-election campaign dogged by controversy.

Time magazine published the photograph one week into a federal election campaign with Trudeau's Liberal Party in a tight contest against the Conservatives led by Andrew Scheer.

Trudeau, 47, whose party won a landslide victory in 2015, has already been under attack for an ethics lapse and other controversies.

The black-and-white photograph shows Trudeau, then 29, wearing a turban and robes with his face, neck and hands darkened at a gala party in 2001.

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