Donna Karan apologized after defending by Harvey Weinstein, at the CinéFashion Film Awards on Sunday. The fashion designer said, on Tuesday, that her words were taking out of context.
On Sunday, during a Red Carpet interview, the DKNY designer was asked what her thoughts were on the latest development in Harvey Weinstein’s case. Karan, who is a good friend of the Miramax co-founder, did not answer directly, but made the following comment: “all over the world, it’s been a hard time for women. To see it here in our country is very difficult, but I also think… how do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? Are we asking for it?”
She continued by saying that she doesn’t think the problem is Harvey Weinstein. “I don’t think we’re only looking at him. I think we’re looking at a world much deeper than that.” She expressed her opinion that Weinstein is made an example of, naming him “a symbol” for sexual harassment.
Karan added that she knows Harvey and his wife and described them as “wonderful people” and once again brought into discussion what women are asking for when they are presenting themselves into the world in a sexualized manner. “What are they asking for? Trouble.”
Not long after her statement, the 69-year-old fashion designer came to regret her comments and on Tuesday, October 10, she issued an apology, claiming that her words were taken out of context and don’t represent her views.
“I made a statement that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe”, Donna Karan said in her statement, sent to Daily Mail. “My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein”, she added, stressing that sexual harassment is unacceptable. “I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.”
Earlier this month, several women have come out, including a number of celebrities, such as Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, alleging that at one time in their life, they were sexually harassed by the film producer. Since the scandal broke out, Harvey Weinstein has been removed from The Weinstein Company, which he founded together with his brother, Bob.
Numerous actors have spoken against Weinstein, among which Meryl Streep, Romola Garai and George Clooney.