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

Jane Fonda Says She Is

Praising the fearless women who have come out to speak out about the allegations, Fonda admits: 'I'm glad it's coming out, I'm so proud of those fellow actors that are speaking up.

Speaking with Christiane Amanpour in an in-depth interview that's going out on CNN on Friday (October 13th), the 79 year old acting legend confessed that she knew about details of Weinstein's behaviour around a year ago - and is "ashamed" that she didn't come forward earlier.

"I'm hoping that with this coming out about Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and then (the man) who's now our president, that men will not feel they can get away with it", she said.

When asked by Amanpour why she didn't speak out about the controversy sooner, Jane defended that as "it hadn't happened to [her]" she didn't "feel it was [her] place" to say anything.

After Weinstein's alleged assaults went public last Thursday, Fonda said in response,"I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything right then".

She said she now regretted staying silent.

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"It came as a shock and a great disappointment, this male entitlement", she told Amanpour.

Sadly, Jane couldn't be more correct with her statement. 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.

Although Fonda said she has experienced sexual harassment on set and in the workplace, the Hollywood mogul never targeted her since she met him much later in the span of her career.

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

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. "I know that it has taken a long time", she said.

"I mean Donald Trump is - we have a man who is president who does these things". "What kind of a message does that say?" Unfortunately, that counteracts a lot of the good that we're doing. "You have to understand that you have control over your body. if we all talked and told, they'd be too afraid to do it".

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