Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

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

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

'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.

Although she admitted her failure to come forward, Fonda concluded by saying how proud she was that female actors were now fearless enough to speak out. When she arrived, she said, he was wearing a white bathrobe.

Fonda, 79, made the admission in an interview on BBC World News HARDtalk, saying that she chose to keep quiet because "it didn't happen to me". "I was in a fight-or-flight moment", she told The New Yorker.

"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. But as Fonda noted, she didn't feel comfortable speaking on Arquette's behalf, especially on such a delicate topic-even though Fonda is a survivor of rape and sexual abuse herself.

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Fonda told Amanpour that Weinstein's pattern of abuse is not an isolated phenomenon. "But it's important that it come out", Fonda said of the many women who came forward for these articles, with allegations the Hollywood mega-producer sexually harassed and/or assaulted them over decades.

Fonda's personal story about sexual misconduct involved a French director she worked with early in her career.

"But let's not think that this is some unique, horrific - this goes on all the time", she continued. "He wanted me to sleep with him".

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.

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. "That counteracts a lot of the good that we're doing.it's unacceptable".

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