Donna Karan Apologizes for Weinstein Comments

UPDATED: Fashion designer Donna Karan weighed in on the unfolding Harvey Weinstein scandal Sunday, wondering whether women are asking for sexual harassment based on how they dress. She later apologized for her comments and stated they were “taken out of context.”

During a red carpet interview, 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.

In a statement released Monday, Karan explained that she “made a statement that was not representative of how I feel or what I believe.”

She continued, “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.

Rose McGowan, one of the women named in the New York Times exposé as having settled with Weinstein in 1997, called out Karan for her comments in a tweet.

Donna Karan you are a DEPLORABLE Aiding and abetting is a moral crime,” she wrote. “You are scum in a fancy dress.”

Watch the full interview with Karan below.

Read Karan’s apology statement in full below.

“Last night, I was honored at the Cinemoi Fashion Film Awards in Hollywood and while answering a question on the red carpet I made a statement that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe.

I have spent my life championing women. My life has been dedicated to dressing and addressing the needs of women, empowering them and promoting equal rights.

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.”

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