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Why did AIDS charity auction money go to a Cambridge theater — and Harvey Weinstein’s pocket?

Actress Laura Michelle Kelly, producer Harvey Weinstein, and director Diane Paulus at the opening night of “Finding Neverland’’ at the American Repertory Theater. –Gretjen Helene

The American Repertory Theater has become embroiled in a new financial controversy involving disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, who served as executive producer for its 2014 Broadway-bound production, “Finding Neverland.’’

Weinstein has been the focus of intense scrutiny after bombshell investigations in The New York Times and The New Yorker detailed multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault against the mogul.

Now new revelations indicate that Weinstein arranged for $600,000 raised at an auction for the New York-based AIDS charity amfAR to be sent to the ART. According to reports in The New York Times and the Huffington Post, the ART had agreed to reimburse Weinstein and fellow investors in “Finding Neverland’’ for earlier payments to develop the production if he could arrange third-party charitable donations to the Cambridge-based theater.

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