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Angela Lansbury said women 'must sometimes take blame' for sexual misconduct

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Actress Angela Lansbury says that women must sometimes share the blame for sexual misconduct as “they go out of their way to make themselves attractive” to men.

“There are two sides to this coin,” she told The Radio Times Tuesday, according to The Telegraph.

“We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive,” Lansbury continued.

“And unfortunately it has backfired on us – and this is where we are today. We must sometimes take blame, women. I really do think that.”

Lansbury added, however, that the fault does not lie with individual victims of sexual misconduct.

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“Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped,” she said.

“Should women be prepared for this?” Lansbury, 92, asked. “No, they shouldn’t have to be. There’s no excuse for that.”

“And I think it will stop now – it will have to. I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point.”

Lansbury is perhaps best known for her role on CBS’s "Murder, She Wrote" from 1984 to 1996, playing mystery writer and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher.

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These are the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.
The list includes over 50 women.
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Global debate is raging over sexual misconduct after scores of women accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of past misbehavior last month.

Weinstein fiercely denied the allegations of sexual assault and harassment against him, but he was nonetheless fired from his role as The Weinstein Company’s co-chairman in October.

The Hollywood mogul’s accusers included a slew of major actresses, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.

Media coverage of the scandal has since produced a ripple effect of sexual misconduct allegations against other powerful men worldwide.

The resulting claims have impacted major male figures in entertainment, politics, media and professional sports since the initial reports regarding Weinstein.

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