Kenneth Cole Responds to Harvey Weinstein AIDS Charity Cover-Up Scandal

Kenneth Cole has responded to reports linking him to a suspicious deal involving amfAR, the well-known AIDS charity he chairs, and Harvey Weinstein, the embattled Hollywood producer embroiled in a major sexual assault case.
On Wednesday, the Huffington Post published an article claiming that Weinstein and Cole, who is a non-executive chairman of the board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), had covered up a plan to divide the proceeds of a 2015 fundraising gala auction hosted for the non-profit. The report comes within the same month that Weinstein, a powerful Hollywood producer, was fired from a production company he co-founded after multiple women accused him of sexual assault.
Cole, who reportedly signed off on the auction transaction, did not comment on his role in the amfAR deal, instead asserting that he was “personally committed” to strengthening governance of the organization.
The Huffington Post report claims that, in 2015, Weinstein, with Cole’s help, arranged a Cannes charity auction with amfAR in order to in order to resolve a $600,000 financial obligation to the American Repertory Theater (ART) for staging a trial run of Weinstein’s musical “Finding Neverland” before it hit Broadway.
Harvey Weinstein (L) and Kenneth Cole at the amfAR Cinema Against Aids 2008

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