First Democrat gives away his donation from Weinstein amid sexual harassment accusations
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Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahySenate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick Budget chairs press appropriators on veterans spending Kavanaugh paper chase heats up MORE (D-Vt.) is the first Democrat on Thursday to give away a donation from Harvey Weinstein following a report that the major donor is accused of sexually harrassing multiple women, according to a new report.

Leahy will give away the $5,600 that Weinstein donated to his election committee to the Change the Story Initiative for the Women's Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation, according to his spokeswoman.

The Daily Beast was the first to report Leahy would be giving away the donation.

The development comes hours after The New York Times reported a slew of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein that went back decades. 


Leahy is among several Democratic figures to have received support from Weinstein, who has supported Democratic lawmakers and causes for years. 

He held a fundraiser at his New York City home in 2016 for former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and endowed a faculty chair at Rutgers University in feminist icon Gloria Steinem's name. 

Former first daughter Malia Obama famously interned at the New York offices of the Weinstein Company earlier this year. 

The film producer issued a statement after the report, in which he apologized for his behavior, and announced he was taking a leave of absence from his company. 

"I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people who I work with have changed," Weinstein said in a statement to the publication. 

"I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it," he said. 

He has denied the extent of the allegations, which were detailed, and his lawyer says he plans to sue the paper.

-Updated at 6:50 p.m.