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

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Arquette, who starred in the Weinstein-produced "Pulp Fiction" while he was still running Miramax, told the New Yorker that Weinstein placed her hand on his erect penis in the early 1990s when she went to his hotel room to get a script.

Fonda said actresses had failed to speak out earlier because they feared for their careers, before adding: "There's another reason which is even more insidious - that you won't be believed".

Jane Fonda is adding her name to the list of movie stars coming forward about Harvey Weinstein.

Fonda, 79, sat down with CNN's Christiane Amanpour to discuss the movie mogul's alleged sexual assault and harassment, reported CNN on Thursday.

When the host pressed the iconic star as to why she didn't say anything when she first heard about his allegedly abusive behavior, including rape, Fonda expressed regret.

"I mean Donald Trump is - we have a man who is president who does these things". Not people they need. He was just not a nice person. Bill Cosby, you know, another example of Hollywood, but Dominique Scarfone for example, he's not in Hollywood, but this is not unique.

"Let's not think this is some unique, horrific [incident]".

Apparently, sometime past year, Weinstein victim Rosanna Arquette confided in Miz Fonda about the sexual harassment she suffered through thanks to Harvey. She said she suspected it was because "I was old, and Harvey goes for young because that's more vulnerable". "It's this male entitlement - in Hollywood, and everywhere. Women are assaulted, abused, harassed and seen for just being sexual objects that are for a man's desire instead of as whole human beings".

"I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything right then", the Oscar victor said.

Thompson also alleges that sexual harassment in Hollywood is widespread and that this could be a tipping point that might lead to change.

"I had one experience with a French director, he was going to cast me in a role that required the character had an orgasm and he said to know whether I should be cast he should find out what orgasms I had".

She turned him down, but got the part anyway. And you have to talk and tell when something like that happens. "I should've been braver and I think that from now on I will be when I hear such stories", Fonda told a live audience, including several members of Britain's parliament, gathered for the interview.

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