Jane Fonda Feels 'Ashamed' for Not Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein Earlier

Angelo Anderson
October 13, 2017

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

Jane Fonda, in a new interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour set to air Friday, said she knew of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein a year ago and is "ashamed" she didn't say anything at the time. According to Arquette, Weinstein invited her to his hotel room one night in the 1990s under the guise of picking up a script for a new role and then forced her hand on his crotch.

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.

Apparently, sometime past year, Weinstein victim Rosanna Arquette confided in Miz Fonda about the sexual harassment she suffered through thanks to Harvey.

She added that President Trump's election marked a setback for the effort to combat such behavior.

"We have a man who is president who does these things".


"I only met Harvey when I was old", the actress added. And Harvey goes for young, because that's more vulnerable, you know. "This goes on all the time", She said. Bill Cosby, you know, another example of Hollywood, but Dominique Scarfone for example, he's not in Hollywood, but this is not unique. "It's this male entitlement- 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".

The actress, who rose to global prominence in the 1960s starring in films such as Barefoot in the Park, and as an iconic figure in the anti-Vietnam War movement, revealed she had faced sexual harassment from an unnamed French director when she was aged 21.

"I turned him down".

"You have to say no", Fonda advised young actresses who find themselves in similar situations. "You have to understand that you have control over your body and that you have to say no and you have to talk and tell when something like that happens".

The Coming Home star told Stephen Sackur in an appearance on BBC HARDtalk: "I couldn't even be a secretary, I got fired as a secretary because I wouldn't sleep with the boss".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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