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Putin Rep Has Unkind Words for Weinstein Accusers

Dmitry Peskov calls them 'prostitutes'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2018 1:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin's top spokesman: not exactly a #metoo kind of guy. "What is a woman called who sleeps with a man for $10 million?" asked Dmitry Peskov when speaking this week at a Moscow university. "She is called a prostitute." Peskov was dismissing claims by women against Harvey Weinstein when asked about similar accusations regarding a Russian official, ABC News reports. He said Weinstein accusers "did a lot that isn't becoming of our understanding of, let's say, honor and dignity, but they did it—so they could become stars," adding, "They earned hundreds of millions of dollars, and 10 years later they say that Weinstein is bad. Maybe he is a scumbag, but none of them went to the police!"

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Peskov's remarks underscored his defense of Leonid Slutsky, a top member of Russia's parliament who's been accused by three female journalists of groping and trying to kiss them. A short investigation by Russia's parliament's ethics committee found Slutsky innocent and accused the women of making false accusations to damage the country's presidential election. Twenty media outlets responded by boycotting coverage of Russia's parliament, Bustle reports. Meanwhile, officials and some state media are painting anti-harassment attitudes as strictly Western. "We don’t live in America or in Europe," says Tamara Pletneva, head of a Russian parliamentary committee. "Why should we copy everything they do? If a woman doesn’t want [attention], then nobody will harass her." (Read more Russia stories.)

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