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

The star won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love after starring in a string of Weinstein company films

The star won an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love after starring in a string of Weinstein company films

"He made things very hard for me for years", she told the New Yorker.

Fonda, who said she didn't meet Weinstein until she "was old", made the comments to BBC just hours after speaking with CNN's Christiane Amanpour about the matter.

When asked why Fonda didn't say anything publicly after she spoke with Arquette, Fonda said, "I guess it hadn't happened to me, and so I didn't feel that it was my place". Arquette has since spoken about the alleged incident in interviews with The New Yorker and The New York Times Back in the early 90s, Arquette said, she was supposed to meet Weinstein for dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel to pick up a script for an upcoming film. Bill Cosby, you know, another example of Hollywood, but Dominique Scarfone for example, he's not in Hollywood, but this is not unique. You don't get anything out of it, as the person who has been victimized. "This goes on at the most horrendous high levels".

She revealed that she has only ever encountered Weinstein once, but she didn't feel uncomfortable around him - possibly because of her age at that point.

"It's this male entitlement - in Hollywood and everywhere, in offices and businesses all over the world".

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"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. "You have to understand that you have control over your body. if we all talked and told, they'd be too afraid to do it". 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?

Part 2 of the interview will air tomorrow at 2 PM ET on CNN International. Unfortunately, that counteracts a lot of the good that we're doing.

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