Jane Fonda Admits She Knew About The Harvey Weinstein Rumors

Cannes Film Festival – Closing Ceremony

Cannes Film Festival – Closing Ceremony

Praising the fearless women who have come out to speak out about the allegations, Fonda admits: 'I'm glad it's coming out, I'm so proud of those fellow actors that are speaking up. In the last few days, actresses like Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow have spoken on the record about times Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed them.

Hollywood veteran Jane Fonda has revealed she learned of the allegations against mogul Harvey Weinstein a year ago - but said nothing.

"I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything right then", Fonda said.

She said she now regretted staying silent.

"I found out about [Harvey Weinstein] about a year ago". Arquette then left the room. "I was not that bold because I guess it hadn't happen to me and so I didn't feel it was my place".

Sexual harassment isn't just a problem Hollywood is now trying to come to terms with - it's "epidemic", one award-winning actress told CNBC.

"Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual", the statement said.

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

The well-known actress said she was told about Weinstein's abuse by one of his accusers, "Pulp Fiction" star Rosanna Arquette. She told CNN of her own encounter early in her career with a French director, who said he needed to see what kind of orgasms she had in order to cast her for a role.

"I think they should all go to jail, and you know let's put Bill Cosby in there... but the question is not just Hollywood, you know, this is epidemic", Fonda, an Academy Award victor, told CNBC's Tania Bryer in an interview that aired Friday.

"I got hired even though I didn't give him what he wanted", she recounted, noting she had nonetheless kept quiet about the proposition.

She turned him down, but got the part anyway.

"It's unacceptable and we can't ever forget that and we have to stand up to them".

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

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