Donna Karan 'regrets', is 'embarrassed' by Weinstein comments

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 17, 2017

Karan had attracted significant backlash for her comments last week, with actress Rose McGowan tweeting that the designer was "a deplorable".

To recap, Karan called Weinstein "wonderful" and blamed the women he abused suggesting they were "asking for it". What are we asking? No matter what size you are, no matter what body type you have, as a woman, I have believed in women.

The American fashion designer came under fire when she appeared to defend the film producer, who is now undergoing an investigation after being accused of sexual assault and harassment by a number of women, including actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.

The famed fashion designer questioned whether women "are asking for it" when it comes to sexual assault and harassment. "I am sorry. I am so sorry".

When a reporter pointed out that Karan did comment on the accusations despite claiming she wasn't the right person to address the allegations, the 69-year-old insisted she spoke in general terms and that harassment is unacceptable under any terms. I am so sorry.

"I said, 'I said that?' That was the first thing out of my mouth", she told Women's Wear Daily in an interview out Monday. "This is not the woman that I am and that you know, and I think most women know that about me".

Karan's original statement was especially surprising as she is known for fashion campaigns that are meant to empower women and their sexuality. "Sometimes the press can kind of gear you on, and I didn't feel it was appropriate", she said, explaining her reaction was to "a little bit of rumor", hence why she "weaved" her way around it. I know Georgina [Chapman, Weinstein's wife and principal designer of the Marchesa brand], I know Harvey, and I didn't think it was appropriate for me to be commenting on it, so I wiggled my way out of it. "Because I was preparing in my mind what I was going to say in the theatre", she said. And I just went off on something that I shouldn't have, and I apologize profusely. I was exhausted, I was tired and - [when] it came back to me, I was shocked that I even said this myself. I think every woman who knows me, and I have [worked for] them in all sizes and all shapes, all I do want is women being free to express themselves. And that has nothing to do with being disrespected, molested and harassed.

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