Donna Karan Apologizes For Harvey Weinstein Comments
Last week, The New York Times reported that famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been sexually assaulting women and paying them to be quiet for decades.
After the explosive news was uncovered, many celebrities took to social media to publicly voice their displeasure with Weinstein. Fashion icon Donna Karan, however, took to the red carpet to praise the producer, as reported by The Daily Mail.
"I don't think it's only Harvey Weinstein. I don't think we're only looking at him. I think we're looking at a world much deeper than that. 'Yes, I think he's being looked at right now as a symbol, not necessarily as him. I know his wife, I think they're wonderful people, Harvey has done some amazing things. I think we have to look at our world and what we want to say and how we want to say it as well. You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble," she said.
Karan released a statement on Monday, claiming that her words were taken out of context and apologizing for her remarks.
"Last night, I was honored at the Cinemoi Fashion Film Awards in Hollywood and while answering a question on the red carpet I made a statement that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe. I have spent my life championing women. My life has been dedicated to dressing and addressing the needs of women, empowering them and promoting equal rights. My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein. I believe that sexual harassment is NOT acceptable and this is an issue that MUST be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual. I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim," she said.
One of Weinstein's alleged victims, Rose McGowan, took to Twitter to criticize Karan, calling her a "deplorable."
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