Thursday 22 August 2019

'Women share blame for harassment' - Lansbury

Actress Angela Lansbury. Photo: PA
Actress Angela Lansbury. Photo: PA

Francesa Gosling

Veteran actress Angela Lansbury has said women "must take blame" for being victims of sexual harassment because they make themselves attractive for men.

The 92-year-old added that there is no excuse for sexual misconduct.

Lansbury spoke in the wake of a string of claims made about inappropriate behaviour within the Hollywood industry, following a number of serious allegations levelled against producer Harvey Weinstein.

The Academy Award nominee told the 'Radio Times' magazine: "There are two sides to this coin... We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive.

"And unfortunately it has backfired on us - and this is where we are today.

"We must sometimes take blame, women. I really do think that. Although it's awful to say we can't make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.

"Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn't have to be! There's no excuse for that."

She said sexually inappropriate behaviour in the workplace "will have to stop", adding: "I think that it will stop now - it will have to. I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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