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Jane Fonda on Harvey Weinstein: 'I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything'

13 October 2017

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.

Jane Fonda was told of sexual harassment allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein a year ago, the Hollywood actress has revealed.

"I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything right then", Fonda said.

"I have not been so bold".

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Fonda declined to discuss what Arquette told her.

She said she now regretted staying silent.

NEW: @Janefonda tells me: "I found out about [Harvey Weinstein] about a year ago". Arquette then left the room. One of the women who spoke, Rosanna Arquette, told me what had happened to him, it was a shock and a huge disappointment.

Be sure to catch Jane's FULL sit down with Amanpour when it airs on Friday. Fonda is a daring feminist figure who's fought loudly and publicly for a number of causes; she's known for her fierce activism almost as much as she is for her on-screen work.

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Fonda, an Academy Award victor, spoke to Amanpour about her own past experiences with sexual harassment and abuse.

When pressed by Amanpour, Fonda said this sort of thing also happened to her in the past-though never perpetrated by Weinstein.

Fonda, 79, said she only met Weinstein once but didn't have a negative experience with him. I know that it has taken a long time.

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

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In recent days, famous movie stars such as Ryan Gosling, Emma Thompson, Brie Larson and Tom Hanks have spoken out in support of those who have been affected by the sexual harassment scandal now encircling producer Harvey Weinstein. Fonda speculated that men may think, "our president does it, and he got elected even after people discovered that he was an abuser, so I'm just going to go ahead and do what I want to do". And what kind of a message does that say? "That counteracts a lot of the good that we're doing.it's unacceptable".

Jane Fonda on Harvey Weinstein: 'I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything'