Jane Fonda 'ashamed' she didn't speak up about Harvey Weinstein sooner

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Jane Fonda attends the premiere of

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However, she cautions against any belief that this issue is unique to Hollywood.

"I'm so proud of those fellow actors that are speaking up and I know that it's taken a long time", Jane Fonda told CNN's Christianne Amanpour today regarding The New York Times and The New Yorker reports that resulted in Harvey Weinstein being drummed out of his company.

"I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything right then", Fonda said. According to Arquette, Weinstein invited her to his hotel room one night in the 1990s under the guise of picking up a script for a new role and then forced her hand on his crotch.

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.

"It has happened to me".

In an interview with the BBC's Hardtalk programme to air next Monday, she said Weinstein had been able to sexually harass women for decades "because he's powerful". She said she suspected it was because "I was old, and Harvey goes for young because that's more vulnerable". She and several other women - from young actresses to A-listers - have come forward with additional sordid stories recalling the times they've been "Harveyed".

Fonda says the fact that Trump won the election "counteracts a lot of the good that we're doing, because a lot of men say, 'Well, our president does it, and he got elected even after people discovered that he was an abuser, so I'm just going to go ahead and do what I want to do". It's a very, very, very, hard thing to do. "And when they are famous and powerful like Harvey then it gets talked about and so it's really important that those women have been courageous enough to come out", Fonda said.

"But let's not think that this is some unique, horrific - this goes on all the time", Fonda continued.

She said she now regretted staying silent. "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 I got the part although I didn't give him what he wanted, but I didn't say anything.

"I turned him down".

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