Taylor KnightOct 11, 2017, 10:37 am

Rutgers to keep Harvey Weinstein’s $100K donation amid sexual harassment allegations

Some schools opted to return the Hollywood mogul’s donations


NEW BRUNSWICK — Rutgers University has decided to keep a $100,000 donation from Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, even though he is being accused of sexual harassment by multiple women.

A chorus of actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, are claiming Weinstein harassed them over the last three decades.

Some Rutgers students FiOS1 News spoke said they're okay with keeping the cash.

The money, Rutgers says, will be used to help fund the Gloria Steinhem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist studies. In a statement, the school said:

“The allegations of sexual assault and harassment of women by Harvey Weinstein are appalling and indefensible…. We think devoting these funds to advance women's equality is a better use of the dollars than returning the donation to Harvey Weinstein and the H. Weinstein Family Foundation."

Not everyone is onboard though.

“Well, honestly, I don't think it's a good idea because the person and his act is not good. I mean, even if he's doing some charity work, that we should not accept any money from that person for any reason,” said AJ Padwad, a masters student at Rutgers.

The University of Southern California did just that, returning a $5 million gift from Weinstein.

In addition, former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to visit Rutgers on Thursday as part of the "It’s On Us” campaign to end sexual assault on college campuses.

Weinstein was a big supporter of the Obama/Biden campaign and so far the former vice president has not spoken about the Weinstein allegations.

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