Jane Fonda: 'I wish I had spoken out about Harvey Weinstein earlier'

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We only speak of this case for a week: the producer, the most well-known of Hollywood, Harvey Weinstein, has just been sacked from his own company after accusations of sexual assault. Ever since the reports began unfolding, questions have been asked about who, exactly, was aware of Weinstein's allegedly lecherous behavior, and when.

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.

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

"I was not that bold", Fonda replied.

Fonda, 79, said she only met Weinstein once but didn't have a negative experience with him.

She said she now regretted staying silent. "My heart was really racing".

"I found out about him about a year ago", Fonda told BBC, "and I wish that I had spoken out". Arquette then left the room.

"I guess it hadn't happened to me, and so I didn't feel that it was my place", said Fonda in regards to why she did not tell others about Weinstein's alleged misconduct.

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"It came as a shock and a great disappointment..."

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

Jane Fonda is feeling pretty guilty right now.

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".

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. While Fonda told Amanpour it's "important" to expose someone's abuse, she said it's "a very, very, very, hard thing to do" because the people victimized don't "get anything out of it". "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".

Fonda, an Academy Award victor, spoke to Amanpour about her own past experiences with sexual harassment and abuse.

"We have a man who is president who does these things", she said.

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