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Pamela Anderson has been accused of victim blaming following these comments on the Harvey Weinstein scandal

“You know what you’re getting into if you’re going into a hotel room alone.”

THIS WEEK, THERE were fresh developments in the Harvey Weinstein scandal that saw the disgraced mogul sued for alleged ‘sex trafficking’ in Cannes.

Pamela Anderson has previously spoken about her own childhood sexual abuse, so when she appeared on The Today Show with Megyn Kelly the topic of Hollywood’s scandal was one of the major talking points.

In a wide-ranging interview, her comments that Weinstein’s victims should “know what you’re getting into if you’re going into a hotel room alone” have caused so much controversy today

Source: TODAY/YouTube

Earlier in the interview, speaking of her experiences as a victim, Anderson talked about what it was like when she moved to Hollywood:

When I came to Hollywood, of course I had a lot of offers to do private auditions and things that made absolutely no sense. Just common sense: don’t go into a hotel room alone. If someone enters a door in a bathrobe, leave. These things that are common sense.

The actress described her own encounter with Harvey Weinstein where she refused to do a film of his because there was a dog present – and Weinstein called her up and berated her for her stance on animal rights.

Kelly then asked her if she was surprised at the revelations about him:

“No. It was common knowledge that certain producers or certain people in Hollywood or people to avoid, privately. You know what you’re getting into if you’re going into a hotel room, alone.”

pamela2 Source: Today

Kelly then countered that the victims might have been lured to the hotel rooms or that their trusted agent set it up:

They should have went with them. That’s what they should have done. Send somebody with them. I think there’s easy ways to remedy that. That’s not a good excuse.

The comments were immediately picked up on as being seriously harsh to the victims

The specific comment that victims should have known what they were getting into was batted down as particularly problematic

Pamela was made aware of the furore and posted this long response on Instagram today

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

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