Jane Fonda ‘ashamed’ she didn’t speak out about Weinstein
Jane Fonda says she’s “ashamed” she didn’t speak out about allegations of sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein when she first heard of them.
“I found out about Harvey about a year ago, and I’m ashamed that I didn’t say anything right then,” Fonda told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in a Thursday interview.
The typically outspoken Academy Award winner said she didn’t make public what she heard about the Hollywood mogul because “I guess it hadn’t happened to me and so I didn’t feel it was my place.”
Fonda, 79, said she was made aware of allegations against Weinstein by fellow actress Rosanna Arquette — one of several women to accuse the former film exec of sexual harassment and assault stretching back decades in bombshell reports from The New York Times and The New Yorker published in the last week.
Weinstein, a prominent Democratic fundraiser, denied the allegations through his representative, saying any sexual encounters were consensual.
“I’m glad it’s coming out,” Fonda said on “Amanpour.” “I’m so proud of those fellow actors that are speaking up and I know that it’s taken a long time. It’s a very, very, very, hard thing to do. You don’t get anything out of it as the person who has been victimized.”
“It’s this male entitlement,” Fonda said, “in Hollywood and everywhere, in offices and businesses all over the world; 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.”
While Fonda said Weinstein never made any unwanted advances towards her, on Thursday another famous face added her name to the list of Hollywood stars — including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mia Sorvino and Rose McGowan — alleging inappropriate actions by Weinstein.
Kate Beckinsale detailed in an Instagram post a meeting with Weinstein when she was 17 that left her “uneasy.”
“I said no to him professionally many times over the years — some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a c–t and making threats,” she wrote.
I was called to meet Harvey Weinstein at the Savoy Hotel when I was 17. I assumed it would be in a conference room which was very common.When I arrived ,reception told me to go to his room . He opened the door in his bathrobe . I was incredibly naive and young and it did not cross my mind that this older ,unattractive man would expect me to have any sexual interest in him .After declining alcohol and announcing that I had school in the morning I left ,uneasy but unscathed.A few years later he asked me if he had tried anything with me in that first meeting .I realized he couldn't remember if he had assaulted me or not .I had what I thought were boundaries — I said no to him professionally many times over the years-some of which ended up with him screaming at me calling me a cunt and making threats, some of which made him laughingly tell people oh "Kate lives to say no to me ." It speaks to the status quo in this business that I was aware that standing up for myself and saying no to things,while it did allow me to feel uncompromised in myself,undoubtedly harmed my career and was never something I felt supported by anyone other than my family.I would like to applaud the women who have come forward , and to pledge that we can from this create a new paradigm where producers,managers,executives and assistants and everyone who has in the past shrugged and said " well, that's just Harvey /Mr X/insert name here " will realize that we in numbers can affect real change.For every moment like this there have been thousands where a vulnerable person has confided outrageous unprofessional behavior and found they have no recourse, due to an atmosphere of fear that it seems almost everyone has been living in .I had a male friend who, based on my experience,warned a young actress who said she was going to dinner with Harvey to be careful. He received a phone call the next day saying he would never work in another Miramax film ;the girl was already sleeping with Harvey and had told him that my friend had warned her off.Let's stop allowing our young women to be sexual cannon fodder,and let's remember that Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick,and that we have work to do.
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