Fonda ad­mits she knew about We­in­stein ru­mors

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LON­DON (AFP) — Jane Fonda, the two-time Academy Award win­ning ac­tress, on Thurs­day said she knew of the ac­cu­sa­tions against movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein and “should’ve been braver” in voic­ing the claims.

In an in­ter­view with the BBC’s “Hardtalk” pro­gram to air next Mon­day, she said We­in­stein had been able to sex­u­ally ha­rass women for decades “be­cause he’s pow­er­ful.”

A se­ries of women, in­clud­ing celebri­ties An­gelina Jolie and Gwyneth Pal­trow, have come forward to ac­cuse We­in­stein of sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions, while sev­eral ac­tresses have al­leged he raped them. We­in­stein has de­nied that any of the in­ci­dents were non-con­sen­sual.

Fonda ad­mit­ted she had first heard about the al­le­ga­tions a year ago, but did not pub­licly speak out to pro­tect his ac­cusers’ pri­vacy.

She said she now re­gret­ted stay­ing silent. “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.

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

“We have to start be­liev­ing these women... and pro­tect­ing them,” she said.

“You’re scared be­cause you feel like... you’ll never work again be­cause they have so much in­flu­ence... and you won’t be be­lieved,” she added.

NY, Lon­don po­lice prob­ing sex claims

NEW YORK (AFP) — The case against dis­graced movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein took on an in­ter­na­tional di­men­sion Thurs­day, with New York po­lice say­ing they are prob­ing al­le­ga­tions of a 2004 sex­ual as­sault while British po­lice said they had opened an in­quiry into a sep­a­rate com­plaint dat­ing to the 1980s.

An avalanche of claims of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, as­sault and rape by the hugely in­flu­en­tial Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer have sur­faced since the pub­li­ca­tion last week of an ex­plo­sive New York Times re­port al­leg­ing a his­tory of abu­sive be­hav­ior dat­ing back decades. A spokesman for the New York Po­lice Depart­ment con­firmed to AFP it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the 2004 case, but pro­vided no de­tails.

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