Simp­son re­sponds to Port­man re­marks

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Jes­sica Simp­son fired back at Natalie Port­man after the ac­tress ques­tioned the sex­ual na­ture of some of Simp­son’s ear­lier work in the en­ter­tain­ment busi­ness.

Dur­ing a USA To­day in­ter­view about her up­com­ing pop-star film “Vox Lux,” Port­man shared her thoughts on how sex­u­al­ity of­ten in­flu­ences the mu­sic in­dus­try be­fore re­call­ing a spe­cific photo of Simp­son that she said “con­fused” her as a young woman.

“I re­mem­ber be­ing a teenager, and there was Jes­sica Simp­son on the cover of a mag­a­zine say­ing ‘I’m a vir­gin’ while wear­ing a bikini, and I was con­fused,” she said.

Port­man’s state­ment prompted re­sponse from Simp­son, who crit­i­cized the ac­tress for sham­ing the way she dressed.

“I was dis­ap­pointed this morn­ing when I read that I ‘con­fused’ you by wear­ing a bikini in a pub­lished photo taken of me when I was still a vir­gin in 1999,” she wrote. “I was taught to be my­self and honor the dif­fer­ent ways all women ex­press them­selves. I have al­ways em­braced be­ing a role model to all women. In this era of Time’s Up and all the great work you have done for women, I en­cour­age you to do the same.”

Port­man com­mented on Simp­son’s In­sta­gram post later, thank­ing her for her state­ment. “I didn’t mean to shame you and I’m sorry for any hurt my words may have caused,” Port­man added. “I have noth­ing but re­spect for your ta­lent and your voice that you use to en­cour­age and em­power women all over the globe.”

EVAN AGOS­TINI/IN­VI­SION

Jes­sica Simp­son crit­i­cized Natalie Port­man after Port­man ques­tioned some early Simp­son work.

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