Jane Fonda knew of Weinstein claims, 'I should've been braver'

Jane Fonda knew of Weinstein claims, 'I should've been braver'

In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, the Grace & Frankie actress admitted that she's known about Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct for about a year.

The Oscar-winning star said she regretted not speaking out when she first learned of accusations against the movie mogul from a fellow actress, who has since made her own allegations public. On Tuesday, 13 more women came forward with claims against Weinstein in a New Yorker piece.

Sallie Hofmeister, a spokesperson for Weinstein, responded in a statement that all "allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".

'I found out about Harvey a year ago and I'm ashamed I didn't say anything back then, ' she revealed in an interview, scheduled to air Friday 13 October.

"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.

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"It's a very, very, very, hard thing to do".

But Fonda is relieved the allegations against Weinstein are being exposed and she's proud of the courageous women who are coming forward.

Fonda said that she did not condemn Weinstein sooner because she didn't feel it was her place, as the incident did not happen to her. "And Harvey goes for young, because that's more vulnerable".

The actress, who rose to global prominence in the 1960s starring in films such as "Barefoot in the Park", and as an iconic figure in the anti-Vietnam War movement, revealed she had faced sexual harassment from an unnamed French director when she was aged 21. "It's this male entitlement- in Hollywood and everywhere, in offices and businesses all over the world; in bars, in restaurants, in 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". "And I think from now on, I will be when I hear such stories".

"It's unacceptable and we can't ever forget that and we have to stand up to them".

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