Jane Fonda Feels 'Ashamed' for Not Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein Earlier

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Jane Fonda, in a new interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour set to air Friday, said she knew of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein a year ago and is "ashamed" she didn't say anything at the time.

Fonda, who sat down with Amanpour while promoting her Netflix movie Our Souls At Night, said she met Harvey Weinstein but "only...when I was old".

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

On Weinstein, the 79-year-old said: "I wish I had spoken out ..."

Fonda admitted she had first heard about the allegations a year ago, but did not publicly speak out to protect his accusers' privacy. But Arquette is among the handful of actresses whose experiences with Weinstein were detailed in the New Yorker this week. "He made things very hard for me for years", she told the New Yorker.

Explaining why she stayed silent, Fonda said, "Because I guess it hadn't happened to me and so I didn't feel it was my place".

Fonda, an Academy Award victor, spoke to Amanpour about her own past experiences with sexual harassment and abuse. And Harvey goes for young, because that's more vulnerable, you know.

Fonda told Amanpour that Weinstein's pattern of abuse is not an isolated phenomenon.

"But let's not think that this is some unique, horrific - this goes on all the time", Fonda continued. "In offices and businesses all over the world, in bars, and restaurants and 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". "You don't get anything out of it as the person who has been victimized, but it's important that it came out", she said. There are documented claims that Trump has harassed and insulted women, and he was also famously caught on tape bragging about being able to grab and touch women due to his social status. "I'm so proud of those fellow actors that are speaking up and I know that it's taken a long time".

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

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