Harvey Weinstein Scandal: Fashion Designer Donna Karan Says Some Women May Be ‘Asking For It’ [Video]

Robert Jonathan - Author

Oct. 10 2017, Updated 4:55 a.m. ET

Women could be asking for trouble in the provocative way they dress. That is apparently the contention of Donna Karan, the fashion designer who founded the iconic DKNY brand.

Karan’s comments defending Harvey Weinstein in this context have prompted a huge, ongoing backlash on Twitter.

Yesterday, Oscar-winning movie producer Weinstein was fired by The Weinstein Company, the firm that he founded with his brother Bob in 2005.

The termination follows a bombshell report in the New York Times containing accusations that he sexually harassed actresses and other women over three decades and allegedly entered into confidential financial settlements with eight of them. The alleged behavior by Weinstein was apparently an open secret in the film industry.

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Celebrities have been slow out of the gate in disavowing Weinstein, although they seem to be more vocal now that he has been banished from the powerful production company.

Donna Karan, 69, offered this alternative take on the Weinstein scandal while being interviewed on the red carpet at the 4th annual CineFashion Film Awards yesterday in Los Angeles, where she received the Designer Icon Award.

Karan started out by noting that women are mistreated all over the world, the Daily Mail reported, and that the big picture, as it were, goes beyond Harvey Weinstein.

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“To see it here in our own 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 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? I don’t think it’s only Harvey Weinstein. I don’t think we’re only looking at him…I think he’s being looked at right now as a symbol, not necessarily as him…You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they’re asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.”

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