Jane Fonda on Harvey Weinstein: 'I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything'
Oct 13 2017 by Francis Osborne
Praising the courageous women who have come out to speak out about the allegations, Fonda admits: 'I'm glad it's coming out, I'm so proud of those fellow actors that are speaking up. In the last few days, actresses like Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow have spoken on the record about times Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed them. I mean, who are the women that he preyed on and preys on?
Jane Fonda talked about her feelings concerning the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault controversy Thursday, stating that she should have shared what she knew about the producer sooner.
"Why didn't you? You're so bold", Amanpour asked. "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.
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 said she now regretted staying silent. Arquette then left the room.
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"It came as a shock and a great disappointment..."
"You're scared because you feel like... you'll never work again because they have so much influence... and you won't be believed", she added.
Fonda told Amanpour that Weinstein's pattern of abuse is not an isolated phenomenon.
"I only met Harvey when I was old and Harvey goes for young because that's more vulnerable", said Fonda, who declined to speak on Arquette's behalf, leaving it up to her friend to disclose details of the allegations.
"I got hired even though I didn't give him what he wanted", she recounted, noting she had nonetheless kept quiet about the proposition. Weinstein has been accused of raping, assaulting and harassing women in Hollywood.
"We have a man who is president who does these things". And what kind of a message does that say? "That counteracts a lot of the good that we're doing.it's unacceptable".