Donna Karan Apologizes Again For Victim-Blaming Harvey Weinstein Accusers




 

Donna Karan came under fire last week for comments she made in response to accusations of sexual assault and abuse leveled at disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Responding to a question from a Daily Mail reporter, she implied that victims of sexual assault are "asking for it" with the way they dress.

Now, she's apologizing again ― and citing exhaustion as a factor.

In an interview with Women's Wear Daily published Monday, the designer said she apologizes "profusely" and regrets saying that women are looking for "trouble" in the way that they present themselves.

"It was inappropriate and I just went off," she said. "And I shouldn't have done it. I was exhausted, I was tired and - [when] it came back to me, I was shocked that I even said this myself."

Karan faced instant backlash for her comments, in which she wondered if women are "asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality."

She first walked back her statements a day later on Oct. 9, arguing her comments were taken out of context. She also released an official statement of apology following the Women's Wear Daily interview on Monday, writing that her words do not represent her or her career.

"There is no question that women should wear what they want, when they want and without fear of being harassed, molested or abused," she wrote.

Mayim Bialik faced backlash for expressing a similar take in a New York Times op-ed, in which she implied that she has avoided becoming a victim of sexual assault in Hollywood because she doesn't look like most "perfect ten" actresses, and noted that she dresses modestly (she, too, later said her words were taken out of context).

Gabrielle Union was one of many stars who pushed back, slamming the notion that clothing choices have anything to do with being assaulted.

"Reminder," Union tweeted. "I got raped at work at a Payless shoe store. I had on a long tunic & leggings so miss me w/ 'dress modestly' shit."

Dozens of women have come forward with stories of assault or harassment experiences with Weinstein since the New York Times released its original story on Oct. 5. Karan, whose controversial take was provided just days later, told Women's Wear Daily that she made her comments before she personally understood the scope of the allegations.

Of course, it shouldn't take dozens of women coming forward to realize sexual assault and harassment isn't about the way women dress. Read Karan's full interview at WWD.com.

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