Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Jane Fonda Admits She Knew About Harvey Weinstein A Year Ago

Jane Fonda Admits She Knew About Harvey Weinstein A Year Ago

In front of the cameras of CNN International, the actress Jane Fonda speaks out on the scandal now affecting Hollywood: the accusations of sexual assault by the producer Harvey Weinstein on actresses over the past thirty years.

"He made things very hard for me for years", she said. "I only met Harvey when I was old, and Harvey goes for young, because that's more vulnerable", said Fonda, adding that Weinstein is not a nice man: "He didn't treat the people who worked with him well".

"I found out about Harvey about a year ago, and I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything back then", Fonda reveals, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I will admit that I should've been braver", the 79-year-old celebrity said.

"I was not that bold", Fonda replied.

Although she admitted her failure to come forward, Fonda concluded by saying how proud she was that female actors were now courageous enough to speak out.

She said she now regretted staying silent.

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.

"Thank God it's being talked about", the actress said, praising those who had come forward and calling for greater protection for them.

Fonda told Amanpour that Weinstein's pattern of abuse is not an isolated phenomenon.

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.

She cautioned against characterizing Weinstein's years-long abuse as being "some unique, horrific" case, saying "this goes on all the time".

"I mean Donald Trump is - we have a man who is president who does these things". "What kind of a message does that say?"

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

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