Actress Jane Fonda admitted to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that she knew about Harvey Weinstein’s penchant for sexual assault as late as last year but choose to keep it to herself. She said she was “ashamed” she didn’t “say anything back then.” In an interview, Fonda said she didn’t speak out because “I guess it hadn’t happened to me, and so I didn’t feel like it was my place.” Fonda then brushed it off and insisted, “It’s important that it come out, but let’s not think that this is unique, horrific… this goes on all the time.”
However, later in the interview, Fonda said President Trump is an “abuser,” and that “we can’t ever forget that.”
Fonda also disclosed that she has been sexually harassed in the past.
“I only met Harvey when I was old, and Harvey goes for young,” Fonda acknowledged.
“I found out about Harvey about a year ago and I’m ashamed that I didn’t say anything right then,” Fonda said of Weinstein’s sexual exploits.
“Why didn’t you? You’re so bold,” the CNN host said to the Academy Award-winning actress
“I was not that bold. Because I guess it hadn’t happened to me, and so I didn’t feel it was my place,” she said. “It came as a shock and a disappointment.”
“I am so proud of those fellow actors that are speaking up and I know that it’s taken a long time. It’s a very, very, very hard thing to do. You don’t get anything out of it as the person who has been victimized, but it’s important that it’s come out, but, you know, let’s not think that this is some unique horrific — this goes on all the time,” Fonda argued.
Fonda said Weinstein’s predatory behavior is part of the “male entitlement” system and tied President Trump to the story. She said by electing Trump it sent the message to “a lot of men” that if someone like him can be president then ‘I’m going to go ahead and do what I want to do.’
“It’s this male entitlement in Hollywood and everywhere,” she said. “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 men’s desire instead of as whole human beings.”
“But I mean Donald Trump is — we have a man who is president who does these things. What kind of message does that send? Unfortunately, that counteracts a lot of the good that we’re doing because a lot of men see, well, our president does it and he got elected even after people discovered that he was an abuser, so I’m going to go ahead and do what I want to do. It’s unacceptable and we can’t ever forget that and we have to stand up to them. …read more