Jane Fonda Says She Is 'Ashamed' of Her Silence on Weinstein Allegations

Jane Fonda Says She Is 'Ashamed' of Her Silence on Weinstein Allegations

Fonda, who said she didn't meet Weinstein until she "was old", made the comments to BBC just hours after speaking with CNN's Christiane Amanpour about the matter.

The stories revealed that Weinstein's actions were something of an open secret in Hollywood.

'I found out about Harvey a year ago and I'm ashamed I didn't say anything back then, ' she revealed in an interview, scheduled to air Friday 13 October. She was told to meet him in his room.

Fonda added that she herself has been sexually harassed in the past, but not by Weinstein. "I guess it hadn't happened to me, and I didn't feel it was my place".

"I only met Harvey when was old, and Harvey goes for young because that's more vulnerable", she explained. "He made things very hard for me for years", she told the New Yorker.

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Fonda, an Academy Award victor, spoke to Amanpour about her own past experiences with sexual harassment and abuse. "You realize what I'm feeling is ok because this person is sharing my pain", she said.

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

When pressed by Amanpour, Fonda said this sort of thing also happened to her in the past-though never perpetrated by Weinstein. "But it's important that it come out...this goes on all the time". "He said to me, 'In the movie, your character has to have an orgasm and I really need to know what kind of orgasms you have, '" Fonda said. "In bars, in restaurants, in stores, women are assaulted, abused, harassed and seen for just being sexual objects, there for a man's desire instead of as whole human beings". "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".

A long-time campaigner for women's rights, Fonda also sought to focus the spotlight beyond Hollywood, noting the similar accusations levelled at other public figures like US President Donald Trump and former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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