Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

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

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

Jane Fonda was told of sexual harassment allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein a year ago, the Hollywood actress has revealed. She said she suspected it was because "I was old, and Harvey goes for young because that's more vulnerable". "Because I guess it hadn't happened to me and so I didn't feel it was my place".

Slamming Weinstein as a "predator", Fonda said sexual abuse was "hardly unique" in Hollywood as she revealed her own experiences of being propositioned by a director as a 21-year-old.

She says that she first found out about Weinstein's behaviours via Rosanna Arquette, who later detailed an incident of sexual assault in the Nineties by the producer in the explosive New York Times report that was published last week.

When asked by Amanpour why she decided not to speak out, despite the fact she's seen as such a "bold" woman in Hollywood, the actress admitted: 'I was not that bold. "He made things very hard for me for years", she told the New Yorker.

In an interview with the BBC's "Hardtalk" programme to air next Monday, she said Weinstein had been able to sexually harass women for decades "because he's powerful".

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. I know that it has taken a long time.

She added that President Trump's election marked a setback for the effort to combat such behavior. "I should've been braver and I think that from now on I will be when I hear such stories", Fonda told a live audience, including several members of Britain's parliament, gathered for the interview.

"It's unacceptable and we can't ever forget that and we have to stand up to them".

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