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Jane Fonda: I knew about Harvey Weinstein and kept quiet

Jane Fonda: I knew about Harvey Weinstein and kept quiet

Jane Fonda talked about her feelings concerning the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault controversy Thursday, stating that she should have shared what she knew about the producer sooner.

"Well, it didn't happen to me ..." she said.

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".

"I found out about Harvey about a year ago and I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything right then", the actress said during an interview with CNN.

The 79-year-old star and women's rights activist said that she was never targeted by Weinstein, but that her friend, Pulp Fiction actress Rosanna Arquette, was.

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"I'm glad it's coming out". "He made things very hard for me for years", she told the New Yorker. 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.

Fonda, who sat down with Amanpour while promoting her Netflix movie Our Souls At Night, said she met Harvey Weinstein but "only...when I was old".

"I had one experience with a French director, he was going to cast me in a role that required the character had an orgasm and he said to know whether I should be cast he should find out what orgasms I had". "In offices and businesses all over the world, in bars, and restaurants and stores, women are assaulted, abused, harassed and seen for just being sexual objects, there for a man's desire, instead of as whole human beings". "I should've been braver and I think that from now on I will be when I hear such stories", Fonda told a live audience, including several members of Britain's parliament, gathered for the interview. "What kind of a message does that say?"

"We have to start believing these women... and protecting them", she said. Unfortunately, that counteracts a lot of the good that we're doing.