NEW YORK — The shadow of Harvey Weinstein has loomed large over red carpets of late and the amfAR gala in New York was no exception.
Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, was also a huge fundraiser for amfAR and has come under fire for alleged questionable transactions involving the AIDS charity.
Lee Daniels, who was
Federal prosecutors are looking at links between Weinstein, amfAR and the American Repertory Theater, a non-profit
W magazine editor Stefano Tonchi, who was also
"I think there has been a lot of mistakes, also on the side of the board of amfAR. But I think we are coming out of it, and we want to reaffirm how this organization is really about saving lives. And if they made some mistake they did it in good faith," Tonchi said.
Fashion designer Kenneth Cole was the board chairman of amfAR at the time. Cole stepped down as chairman of board on Wednesday night.
This year's amfAR gala was hosted by Taraji P. Henson, and included a musical performance by Halsey. Heidi Klum, Adrien Brody, and Queen Latifah were among the celebrities that walked the red carpet.
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John Carucci, The Associated Press