Published On: Tue, Oct 10th, 2017

Fashion mogul Donna Karan apologizes after comments praising Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES—Fashion mogul Donna Karan is apologizing after praising Harvey Weinstein following his firing from his film company amid allegations of sexual harassment lasting decades.

The Daily Mail reports Karan told reporters on a red carpet in Los Angeles Sunday night that Weinstein “has done some amazing things” and he and his wife are “wonderful people.” The 69-year-old Karan added that some women are asking for “trouble” by the way they dress and “presenting themselves the way they do.”

In a statement Monday, Karan said her remarks were taken out of context and don’t represent her feelings. She says she believes “sexual harassment is NOT acceptable and this is an issue that MUST be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual.”

Karan says she’s “truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.”

Karan’s red carpet interview and video from Sunday’s CineFashion Film Awards, which found the designer speaking of poor treatment towards women in the world, but distanced that conversation from the Weinstein allegations.

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“I also think, ‘How do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women?” she said. “What are we asking? Are we asking for it, by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?’”

“And what are we throwing out to our children today about how to dance and how to perform and what to wear? How much should they show?” Karan added. “I don’t think it’s only Harvey Weinstein.

“We have to look at our world…and how women are dressing and what they’re asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.”

The allegations against Harvey Weinstein spanned three decades. His downfall came in three days. AP film writer Jake Coyle says Hollywood now faces fresh questions about gender equality. (The Associated Press)

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The comments immediately drew a swift Twitter rebuke from actress Rose McGowan who tweeted a screen grab of the Daily Mail article.

“Donna Karan, you are DEPLORABLE,” McGowan wrote. “You are scum in a fancy dress.”

McGowan has been one of the more prominent voices against Weinstein since the Oct. 5 publication of a New York Times article listing three decades of alleged harassment against women. Weinstein was fired by The Weinstein Company, the company he co-founded, on Sunday.

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain asked the designer Karan on Twitter Monday: “How many seventeen year olds have you dressed like they are, in your words, ‘asking for it?’”

The Hollywood Reporter noted that at her peak, Karan dressed a slew of A-list actresses for the red carpet, including Barbra Streisand, Viola Davis, Jane Fonda, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Aniston.

Some of her most notable looks were barely-there numbers, including a red gown with a see-through skirt worn by Jennifer Lopez at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, as well as a heavily sheer black ensemble worn by Rita Ora to the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar party.

With files from USA Today

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Fashion mogul Donna Karan apologizes after comments praising Harvey Weinstein