Fashion mogul Donna Karan is apologizing after admiring Harvey Weinstein following his firing from his cinema busines amid allegations of unprofessional behavior lasting decades.
In a statement Monday, Karan said her mentions were made out of situation and don’t represent her impressions. She says she feels “sexual harassment is NOT acceptable and this is something that MUST be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual.”
Karan on Sunday indicated to The Daily Mail that Weinstein’s alleged martyrs may well be’ ask questions it’ in a stray interview that interviewed the route gals dressed and how they present themselves to the world.
The DKNY designer was in Los Angeles for the CineFashion Film Awards and told a reporter that, “’To see it here in our “countries ” was hard to, but I also think how do we expose ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we inviting? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the virility?
Meanwhile, among those weighing in were his longtime allies and beneficiaries Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Kevin Smith and Judi Dench. They pronounced up with a combination of fury over his alleged behaviour and compunction or defensiveness over their own business intrigues with him. Even the actors’ labor union SAG-AFTRA attached the chorus in condemning the dishonored movie mogul, calling the reporting of his alleged behavior “abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Director Kevin Smith, whose movies “Clerks” and “Chasing Amy” were produced by Weinstein , noted on Twitter that individual producers financed the first 14 years of his career.
“Now I know while I was benefiting, others were in terrifying anguish, ” Smith wrote. “It becomes me feel ashamed.”
Weinstein, 65, was burnt Sunday by the Weinstein Co ., the studio he co-founded, three days after a bombshell New York Times expose alleged decades of crude sexual behavior on his part toward female the workers and actresses, including Ashley Judd. The Times said at the least eight accommodations had been reached with women.
Streep, who once called Weinstein “God” while approving the Golden Globe for “The Iron Lady, ” criticized his alleged behavior as “inexcusable” while at the same time saying she did not know about it before.
“The scandalous information about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose project he advocated, and those whose good and deserving movements he subsidized, ” Streep said in a statement.
Stories of his action, she said, were not universally knew of Hollywood.
“Harvey supported the work ferociously, was exasperating but submissive with me in our working relationship, and with many others with whom he worked professionally, ” Streep resumed. “If everybody knew, I don’t believe that all the investigative reporters in the recreation and the hard news media would have forgotten for decades to write about it.”
Similarly, Dench, whose allotments and nominations have been inextricably linked for two decades to Weinstein, first at his fellowship Miramax and then at the Weinstein Co ., said in a statement that she was “completely unaware” of the “horrifying” offenses.
“I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out, ” she wrote.
The Associated Press contributed to this report