- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Angela Lansbury sparked criticism online Tuesday after she suggested that women must share part of the blame for Hollywood’s culture of sexual harassment.

The 92-year-old “Murder, She Wrote” actress, who is starring in BBC1’s upcoming mini-series “Little Women,” told the U.K.’s Radio Times this week that “there are two sides to this coin,” regarding the recent avalanche of sexual harassment allegations levied against prominent male figures in Hollywood.

“We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive,” Ms. Lansbury said. “And unfortunately it has backfired on us — and this is where we are today.

“We must sometimes take blame, women,” she added. “I really do think that. Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.”

Ms. Lansbury clarified that she doesn’t believe there is any excuse that would justify sexual harassment.

“Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be!” she said. “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.”

Ms. Lansbury, who got her start on the big screen in the 1944 Oscar-winning film “Gaslight,” said she never experienced any harassment or abuse from male executives, Radio Times reported.

Ms. Lansbury’s comments garnered criticism online, with many commenters accusing her of blaming the victims of sexual abuse.

Others pointed to Ms. Lansbury’s age and said she be left alone.

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