Fonda declined to discuss what Arquette told her.
The 79 year old actress explained that she never had a similar experience because she met Weinstein when she was older. "It is a very, very, very hard thing to do. But it's important that it come out", Fonda said of the many women who came forward for these articles, with allegations the Hollywood mega-producer sexually harassed and/or assaulted them over decades.
When asked by Amanpour why she didn't speak out about the controversy sooner, Jane defended that as "it hadn't happened to [her]" she didn't "feel it was [her] place" to say anything.
Fonda, an Academy Award victor, spoke to Amanpour about her own past experiences with sexual harassment and abuse. She said she suspected it was because "I was old, and Harvey goes for young because that's more vulnerable". "You realize what I'm feeling is ok because this person is sharing my pain", she said.
Though Weinstein's alleged behavior has been called an open secret in Hollywood, Fonda said she wasn't really that aware of it.
Fonda told Amanpour that Weinstein's pattern of abuse is not an isolated phenomenon. I know that it has taken a long time. "But let's not think that this is some unique, horrific - this goes on all the time". "It's this male entitlement- in Hollywood and everywhere, in offices and businesses all over the world; in bars, in restaurants, in stores, women are assaulted, abused, harassed and seen for just being sexual objects, there for a man's desire instead of as whole human beings".
Despite her previous silence on the matter, Fonda is "glad" the allegations of sexual harassment and assault are finally coming to light.
"When you are a star, they let you do it", Trump said in his now infamous videotape.
"I think it's because if I had I would have had to out someone that wasn't prepared to speak out".
"We have to start believing these women and standing forward and protecting them".