Kremlin spokesman compares Weinstein accusers to prostitutes: report

Kremlin spokesman compares Weinstein accusers to prostitutes: report

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reportedly compared the women accusing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct to prostitutes on Thursday. 

“We’re trying to keep up with the mayhem that’s been happening in America,” Peskov said, according to the Latvian news outlet Meduza, which cited BBC Russia

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“You know, it reminds me of the Hollywood stars who became stars and who have done a lot that clashes with our notions of honor and dignity. But they did these things anyway, in order to become celebrities. They earned hundreds of millions of dollars, and after 10 years they started saying that Weinstein is a bad man. Maybe he’s a scumbag, but none of them went to the police and said, ‘Weinstein raped me!’ No! They wanted to earn 10 million dollars. What do we call a woman who sleeps with a man for 10 million dollars? This might sound rude, but we call her a prostitute," he said. 

Numerous women in Hollywood came forward last year to accuse Weinstein of behavior ranging from harassment to rape, resulting in his expulsion from the Academy of Arts and Scientists and from his own company, the Weinstein Co. 

The allegations, and subsequent accusations on multiple prominent other men, sparked the "Me Too" and "Times Up" movements in the U.S. 

Peskov was commenting on sexual misconduct allegations against Duma deputy leader Leonid Slutsky.

The Duma is Russia's lower chamber of parliament.  

Three female journalists accused Slutsky of groping and kissing them without their consent, according to CNN.

The Duma's Ethics Committee cleared Slutsky of wrongdoing on Wednesday.

The committee's ruling sparked backlash from a number of independent Russian media outlets, who have since boycotted the Duma.