Fashion designer Donna Karan has weighed in on the unfolding Harvey Weinstein scandal, wondering whether women are asking for sexual harassment based on how they dress.
She later apologised for her comments and stated they were “taken out of context.”
During a red carpet interview on Sunday, Karan called Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman “wonderful” people and said the issue wasn’t with Harvey himself.
“How do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking?” she said.
“Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and sexuality?”
The designer continued, “You look at everything all over the world today, how women are dressing and what they’re asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.”
Karan is no longer the chief designer for her brand.
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In a statement released on Monday, Karan explained that she “made a statement that was not representative of how I feel or what I believe.”
“My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein. I believe that sexual harassment is NOT acceptable and this is an issue that MUST be addressed once and for all regardless of the individual.”
“I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim,” she concluded.