Jane Fonda weighs in on We­in­stein

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - FRONT PAGE - —AFP, AP

LON­DON— Jane Fonda, the two-time Academy Award win­ning ac­tor, on Thurs­day said she knew of the ac­cu­sa­tions against movie mogul Har­vey We­in­stein and “should’ve been braver” in voic­ing the claims. Fonda said We­in­stein had been able to sex­u­ally ha­rass women for decades “be­cause he’s pow­er­ful.”

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

Fonda 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 had de­nied that any of the in­ci­dents were non­con­sen­sual.

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

I should’ve been braver and I think that from now on I will be Jane Fonda Ac­tor two-time Os­car win­ner

Re­gret

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 with BBC.

“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.

The ac­tress, who rose to global promi­nence in the 1960s star­ring in films such as “Bare­foot in the Park,” and as an icon- ic fig­ure in the anti-Viet­nam War move­ment, re­vealed she had faced sex­ual ha­rass­ment from an un­named French di­rec­tor when she was aged 21.

Fonda said the di­rec­tor had propo­si­tioned her ahead of a role, claim­ing: “he had to find out what kind of or­gasms she had.”

“I got hired even though I didn’t give him what he wanted,” she re­counted, not­ing she had nonethe­less kept quiet about the propo­si­tion.

In­clud­ing Trump

A long-time cam­paigner for women’s rights, Fonda also sought to fo­cus the spot­light be­yond Hol­ly­wood, not­ing the sim­i­lar ac­cu­sa­tions lev­eled at other pub­lic fig­ures like US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and for­mer In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund head Do­minique StraussKahn.

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