Hollywood bombshell Pamela Anderson is not surprised by allegations against Harvey Weinstein and sparked a backlash by suggesting the accusers should have known better than to be alone with him.
“It was common knowledge that certain producers or certain people in Hollywood or people to avoid, privately,” she told NBC’s Megyn Kelly Thursday. “You know what you’re getting into if you’re going into a hotel room alone.”
The actress and Playboy veteran said she used her “common sense” to avoid compromising and uncomfortable positions as a young actress, and added that others should have done the same.
“When I came to Hollywood, of course I had a lot of offers to do private auditions and things that made absolutely no sense,” she said. “Just common sense: don’t go into a hotel room alone. If someone enters a door in a bathrobe, leave. These things that are common sense.”
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The 50-year-old “Baywatch” actress was not having Kelly’s explanation that many of the women accusing the movie mogul of sexual harassment and assault were lured into meetings by their agents assuring them it was safe.
The women should have insisted someone else was present in the meetings, Anderson pointed out.
“That’s what they should have done. Send somebody with them. I think there’s easy ways to remedy that. That’s not a good excuse,” she said.
“I know that Hollywood is very seductive and these people want to be famous. Sometimes you think you’re going to be safe with an adult in the room. I don’t know where this security comes from, but somehow I’ve dodged it all,” she added.
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Anderson admitted she never had any sexual encounters with Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women since bombshell reports in October documented decades of alleged sexual abuse and harassment. She did, however, get bullied and threatened by him over the phone when they worked on the 2008 film “Superhero.”
“He’s very intimidating,” Anderson said. “He called and said ‘you little, you’re so lucky that I put you in a film and you’re Pamela Anderson and you don’t deserve anything and if you don’t do this thing, you’ll never work in this town again.”
She recalled that “never in my life have I been talked to like that, and I’ve had some bad boyfriends.”
Long before the allegations against the 65-year-old Weinstein surfaced, Anderson said she was already an expert at fending off inappropriate advances and offers from men.
“I’ve been offered lots of things. A condo and a Porsche to be someone’s number one girl. I just naively said, ‘Well there must be a number two then, so I’m not interested,'” she said. “Money, homes, roles in movies. And I just didn’t want to do it that way. I had no desire. I’m a romantic and it didn’t appeal to me.”
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Anderson, who spoke to Kelly about sexual abuse she experienced as a child, recently attempted to arrange a personal meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in New York to reportedly request a pardon for her boyfriend, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Her comments on Weinstein’s accusers fired up many on Twitter who did not appreciate what they saw as the actress blaming the victims, while others defended her remarks.
@pamfoundation sit down Pam. ? Blaming the victims isn’t a good look. https://t.co/STW6SU7EmZ
— Jamie Sward (@Fool_4_Music) December 1, 2017
No Pam, why would you? Just no.https://t.co/Ia8X4ahrHL
— Mikey B ?? (@NtvAmerican333) December 1, 2017
Pam, no. https://t.co/iAZd0b5h4l
— SlutWalk Portland (@SlutWalk_PDX) December 1, 2017
Is this Anti-woman? Maybe she’s speaking from her own experience. She is a survivor of rape herself. Maybe this could be worded in a more merciful way, but maybe its also a bit of tough love from a victim.
— Kellyanne Conartist (@BrownBrian333) November 30, 2017
There’s no such thing as tough love. There is just love. Anderson maybe coming from personal experience, however, I don’t agree with her assuming that all of these women knew what they were getting into. Regardless of “common sense”.
— Fala(Crow) (@RoshaunnaC) December 1, 2017
I think she’s just saying women need to be smarter and not so trusting. Like going to his hotel room is probably not the best idea.
— Five Lying Bitches (@5lyingbitches) December 1, 2017
I get what she’s saying, if it’s a business meeting why would you meet your “boss” at his hotel? If you were applying for ANY job it wouldn’t make sense be it an audition or a desk job, especially if you heard rumors about him
— Paìn (@BianeyThePain) December 1, 2017
Pamela Anderson should stfu.
— debbi has been rewarded (@warblerprince) December 1, 2017
Always nice when women speak out for women ?
— Hildyby (@Hildyby) December 1, 2017
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