Actress and model Pamela Anderson weighed in on the many sexual misconduct scandals plaguing Hollywood during an interview with NBC host Megyn Kelly on Thursday — and she had some tough words for Harvey Weinstein’s accusers.
What did Anderson say?
During her discussion on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today,” Anderson seemed to suggest that Harvey Weinstein’s accusers could have avoided the alleged assaults if they’d been more careful.
Anderson also revealed sexual abuse she said she experienced as a child and recalled some of her own personal experiences upon entering Hollywood as a young actress, which she said actresses could oftentimes avoid by exercising common sense.
“When I came to Hollywood, of course, I had a lot of offers to do private auditions and things that made absolutely no sense,” Anderson said. “[It’s] just common sense: Don’t go into a hotel room alone. If someone answers the door in a bathrobe, leave.”
Kelly asked Anderson about her own personal experiences with Weinstein, to which Anderson revealed that she thought the embattled film mogul was “very intimidating.”
Anderson said she wasn’t surprised when allegations of misconduct surfaced, as his behaviors were “common knowledge.”
“It was common knowledge that certain producers or certain people in Hollywood are people to avoid, privately,” Anderson said. “You know what you’re getting into if you’re going into a hotel room alone.”
How did Kelly react?
Kelly has been very outspoken against sexual harassment in previous weeks, and oftentimes using her daily monologue to discuss recent developments and new accusations. She said that women shouldn’t have had any reservations in meeting with Weinstein since their agents likely set up the meetings.
Undeterred, Anderson said that the women should still have had someone accompany them to those meetings in particular — to be safe.
“I just think there’s easy ways to remedy that,” Anderson added. “That’s not a good excuse.”
Is there more?
Anderson told TMZ that perpetrators of sexual misconduct need to be punished, but noted women need the “ability of self-protection.”
“Women [must be] aware of certain problems and how to spot them and fight them,” Anderson said, according to TMZ . “It is totally hypocritical to ignore this.”
“[I] will not get coerced into apology,” she added.
Anderson on Friday also shared an Instagram update in order to defend herself.
A portion of her posting read, “Somebody had to say this. I’m a deep thinker / I have a unique perspective. and consequence is part of my life. This is great. I am also an advocate for men. I just don’t agree with it all. Backlash is good. – I like this. My position is not ‘problematic’ because I don’t fall in line with the common herd or trend. … I think it’s very smart to be proactive. And I stand by what I say.”
Re- My interview on #todayshow #megynkelly Somebody had to say this. Please don’t worry. Refer people to my blog and long standing commitment to defending the vulnerable. We have the power to be safe and free by using common sense. My message is consistent throughout- I’m a deep thinker / I have a unique perspective. and consequence is part of my life. This is great. I am also an advocate for men. I just don’t agree with it all. Backlash is good. – I like this. My position is not ‘problematic’ because I doesn’t fall in line with the common herd or trend. I’m trying to tell women as a survivor of childhood abuse myself – It is important to be proactive as an adult who knows better – in defending themselves. Don’t get in cars with strangers #rideresponsibly- Don’t go to Hotel rooms alone for an audition. Women are powerful and smart and we can use all our charms in more positive ways. I think it’s very smart to be proactive. And I stand by what I say. My mother taught me – protect yourself. Especially with my ‘image’’ – she and I were worried it could give people wrong Impression. I am not an easy girl and have not had as many partners people might think. I believe in love and commitment and common sense. This is why I’m usually married. It is how I feel safe and protected in a sexual relationship. .A monogamous lover is the best and most brave lover there is. I only want intimate sexual experiences – where I can be free to give my wildest fantasies to someone who loves me. and never have used sex as a weapon. It’s just too easy. #bestrong #staysafe #noblame @todayshow #solutions #nodrama