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

Jane Fonda Says She Is

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

"But it's important that it come out", Fonda said on Thursday.

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.

Jane Fonda was told of sexual harassment allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein a year ago, the Hollywood actress has revealed. "And I'm ashamed that I didn't say anything right then".

"Why didn't you? You're so bold", Amanpour asked.

Fonda, 79, said that her friend and fellow actor, Rosanna Arquette, had recounted a troubling experience with Weinstein. She said she suspected it was because "I was old, and Harvey goes for young because that's more vulnerable".

She said she now regretted staying silent.

NEW: @Janefonda tells me: "I found out about [Harvey Weinstein] about a year ago". Arquette then left the room.

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

As Amanpour noted earlier, it may seem surprising that Fonda, of all people, did not speak out after hearing Arquette's story.

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

Interviewed by CNN International, the actress Jane Fonda is back on the case.

When pressed by Amanpour, Fonda said this sort of thing also happened to her in the past-though never perpetrated by Weinstein.

Fonda added that she herself has been sexually harassed in the past, but not by Weinstein.

"But let's not think that this is some unique, horrific - this goes on all the time", she continued. "He wanted me to sleep with him".

"He made things very hard for me for years", she said.

"We have to start believing these women... and protecting them", she said.

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.

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