Jane Fonda spoke out on Thursday about what the rules should be for allowing men facing accusations of sexual harassment to make comebacks to the boardroom and entertainment industry.
Appearing at a promotional event in New York City for her upcoming documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” she noted that the duration of the accused individual’s rehabilitation process was irrelevant, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It doesn't matter how much time. It depends on what the guy is doing,” she said. “If they haven't gone through the changes, then why should they come back?”
Fonda stated that, if the accused cannot learn from their actions, they did not belong in the boardroom.
“There's plenty of women who do belong in the boardroom,” she said.
Fonda used Charlie Rose as a case in point.
The former CBS co-anchor came under fire last year after several women who worked with him alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them.
Their accusations were made public in a Washington Post expose and Rose was promptly fired from the network.
Earlier this month Rose filed a motion seeking to dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him, citing the exploitation of the #MeToo Movement and stating that the suit was “bootstrapping the accusations of sexual harassment made by third parties against Rose in articles published by The Washington Post,” according to CBS News.
Fonda said “the problem is that empathy is anathema to the social paradigm we live in called patriarchy,” according to THR. “Men are trained not to be empathetic. So it's not easy what they're trying to do, but they have to try to do it. So it doesn't matter if it takes two weeks or a year, two years, it depends on what kind of changes they've gone through.”
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