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Designer Donna Karan attends Acria's 19th Annual Holiday Dinner Benefit at Skylight Modern on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP)

Donna Karan apologized for defending Harvey Weinstein and suggesting women are 'asking for it'


Fashion designer Donna Karan on Monday apologized for defending film producer Harvey Weinstein amid sexual harassment allegations surrounding him.

“My statements were taken out of context and do not represent how I feel about the current situation concerning Harvey Weinstein,” she said in a statement, according to Variety.

“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,” Karan added. “I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim.”

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“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.”

Some Twitter users on Tuesday criticized Karan for praising Weinstein despite the troubling accusations about him.

Karan on Sunday called Weinstein and his wife Georgina Chapman “wonderful people” before questioning how women act and dress.

“How do we present ourselves as women?” she asked at the CineFashion Film Awards in Los Angeles. “What are we asking?”

“Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?” the DKNY creator added.

“You look at everything all over the world today and how women are dressing and what they are asking by just presenting themselves the way they do. What are they asking for? Trouble.”

The Weinstein Company on Sunday announced that Weinstein’s position as its co-chairman had been terminated following the accusations against him.

The New York Times last week published an expose detailing sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein stretching back several decades.

The accusations came from some of Weinstein’s former staffers, as well as actresses including Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.

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