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Jane Fonda Says She Is 'Ashamed' of Her Silence on Weinstein Allegations

From TIME - October 12, 2017

Actress Jane Fonda said she knew of sexual harassment allegations against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, and is ashamed she did not speak out sooner.

I found out about Harvey about a year ago and I am ashamed that I didnt say anything right then, the Oscar award winner told CNN Thursday.

The 79-year-old star and womens rights activist said that she was never targeted by Weinstein, but that her friend, Pulp Fiction actress Rosanna Arquette, was.

I only met Harvey when I was old and Harvey goes for young because thats more vulnerable, said Fonda, who declined to speak on Arquettes behalf, leaving it up to her friend to disclose details of the allegations.

Arquette is among dozens of actresses who have now publicly accused Weinstein of offenses including harassment, assault and rape. The actress told the New Yorker that in the early 1990s Weinstein had tried to get her to massage him, and when she refused, he grabbed her hand and tried to place it on his crotch.

He made things very difficult for me for years, she said.

Sallie Hofmeister, a spokesperson for Weinstein, responded in a statement that all "allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.

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