Donna Karan has apologized for appearing to defend Harvey Weinstein over sexual harassment allegations.
The New York-based fashion designer spoke with Mail Online at the CineFashion Film Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (08Oct17), and weighed in on the scandal leveled at the film producer, who is accused of making inappropriate advances on women, stating that they may be “asking for it” and adding that Weinstein and his Marchesa designer wife Georgina Chapman are “wonderful” people.
“Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and sexuality?” she questioned, according to the publication. “You look at everything all over the world today, how women are dressing and what they’re asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.”
However, Karan has since issued a statement on Monday apologizing for the comments, insisting they were “taken out of context.”
“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,” the DKNY founder said.
“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.”
Actress Rose McGowan, 44, is one of the women named in The New York Times’ expose of Weinstein’s reported sexual misconduct. She is alleged to have received a financial settlement from the disgraced Hollywood mogul, and also called out Karan’s comments in a Twitter message.
“Donna Karan you are a DEPLORABLE Aiding and abetting is a moral crime. You are scum in a fancy dress,” she wrote.
In The New York Times article, eight women, including actress Ashley Judd came forward to accuse the movie mogul of sexual misconduct. Weinstein was removed as co-chairman of The Weinstein Company on Sunday.
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it,” he stated, adding that he was to take a sabbatical and work with therapists to “deal with this issue head on”.
– Cover Media0