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Donna Karan Defended Harvey Weinstein's Behavior And Instead Questioned Women

"Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality? "

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During the CinéFashion Film Awards on Sunday, fashion designer Donna Karan spoke openly about the sexual harassment allegations against her former Miramax boss, Harvey Weinstein saying, "I think we have to look at ourselves."

Mireya Acierto

Karan began saying that the treatment of women all over the world is something worth noticing, but that women are also complicit in their own sexual harassment. "How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality," Karan said.

Monica Schipper

"You look at everything all over the world today, how women are dressing, you know, and what they're asking by just presenting themselves the way they do," Karan said. "What are they asking for? Trouble."

Dave Kotinsky

Her comments, especially after making a career out of dressing women, struck a nerve and people were quick to respond.

Donna Karen just devalued a lifetime of work by devaluing victims of sexual harassment and assault. A true shame to see.

@heylizelle / Via Twitter: @heylizelle

Some, like chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain, called out Karan's past at her fashion brand DKNY.

To @dkny How many seventeen year olds have you dressed like they are, in your words, "asking for it "?… https://t.co/V7oj2j4JfJ

@Bourdain / Via Twitter: @Bourdain

But actress Rose McGowan, who has urged other female celebrities to speak out against Weinstein, went straight for Karan's character calling her "deplorable."

Donna Karan you are a DEPLORABLE Aiding and abetting is a moral crime. You are scum in a fancy dress

@RoseMcgowan / Via Twitter: @rosemcgowan

Karan has since released a statement apologizing for her comments saying that they were, "taken out of context."

2. In a statement Donna Karan says her comments were taken out of context (her comments are on tape)

@yashar / Via Twitter: @yashar

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