Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment row: Donna Karan apologises for comments defending movie mogul

FP Staff

Oct,10 2017 19:20 35 IST

Fashion mogul Donna Karan has apologised after praising producer Harvey Weinstein following his firing from his film company amid allegations of sexual harassment lasting decades, an AP report stated.

CORRECTS DATE TO MONDAY, OCT. 9 FROM MONDAY, OCT. 10 - FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2007, file photo, Harvey Weinstein and Donna Karan arrive at the premiere of "The Hunting Party" at the Paris Theater in New York. Karan apologized on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, after offering praise for Weinstein the night before following his firing from his company amid allegations of sexual harassment lasting decades. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman, File)

Harvey Weinstein and Donna Karan. AP Photo

The Daily Mail reported that Karan told reporters at a red carpet event in Los Angeles Sunday night that Weinstein "has done some amazing things" and he and his wife (Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman) are "wonderful people." The 69-year-old Karan added that some women are asking for "trouble" by the way they dress and "presenting themselves the way they do."

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In a statement Monday, Karan said her remarks were taken out of context and don't represent her feelings. She says she believes "sexual harassment is not acceptable and this is an issue that must be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual."

Karan says she's "truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim."

Meanwhile, Hollywood actresses like Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Winslet, among others, have condemned movie mogul Harvey Weinstein amid a growing number of sexual harassment allegations against him. However, besides George Clooney, other actors have not opened up on the case yet.

"I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein's behaviour. I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting," Lawrence said.

Streep said that "the disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled" all the people who have worked with him.

— Inputs from AP and IANS