Monday, 23 October, 2017

Jane Fonda Is "Ashamed" She Didn't Speak Up About Harvey Weinstein Sooner

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Hannah Rogers | 13 October, 2017, 12:22

In front of the cameras of CNN International, the actress Jane Fonda speaks out on the scandal now affecting Hollywood: the accusations of sexual assault by the producer Harvey Weinstein on actresses over the past thirty years.

The Oscar award winning actress said that she was never assaulted by the movie mogul.

A series of women, including celebrities Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment allegations, while several actresses have alleged he raped them.

The movie producer denies the charges and released a statement earlier this week, through a representative.

"I found out about Harvey a year ago, and I'm ashamed I didn't say anything back then", she told Amanpour. She was told to meet him in his room. But Arquette is among the handful of actresses whose experiences with Weinstein were detailed in the New Yorker this week.

Fonda, 79, said she only met Weinstein once but didn't have a negative experience with him. It is a very, very, very hard thing to do...

When asked by Amanpour why she didn't speak out about the controversy sooner, Jane defended that as "it hadn't happened to [her]" she didn't "feel it was [her] place" to say anything.

Fonda, an avid women's rights advocate, said that she wasn't personally assaulted by Weinstein because she met him when she was much older, but was well aware of his reputation and the mindset that men like him have. "This goes on all the time", she said.

Fonda co-founded the nonprofit Women's Media Center in 2005.

She cautioned against characterizing Weinstein's years-long abuse as being "some unique, horrific" case, saying "this goes on all the time".

The actress called harassment an "epidemic", not just in Hollywood but in "the world of business, science, academia, government". "You don't get anything out of it as the person who has been victimized, but it's important that it came out", she said.

Fonda says the fact that Trump won the election "counteracts a lot of the good that we're doing, because a lot of men say, 'Well, our president does it, and he got elected even after people discovered that he was an abuser, so I'm just going to go ahead and do what I want to do". "You have to understand that you have control over your body. if we all talked and told, they'd be too afraid to do it".

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