Dame Angela Lansbury has claimed that women “must take some blame” when accusing men of sexual misconduct.
The Murder She Wrote actress, 92, claimed that making an effort to “look attractive” has “backfired” for women and it subsequently explains “where we are today”.
The controversial comments come in the wake of a slew of sexual assault allegations that have been levelled against leading Hollywood figures including Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
“There are two sides to this coin”, the iconic actress told Radio Times.
‘We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive.
“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 also argued it was “awful” that women should have to run the risk of being sexually assaulted if they make themselves “look attractive”.
“Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped”, she added.
“Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be! There’s no excuse for that.”
Last month, Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct by women including Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o and Cara Delevigne.
The claim has been made against Weinstein himself, the Weinstein Company UK Ltd and the Weinstein Company LLC in the US, and is listed as damages for personal injury, expenses, consequential loss including aggravated and exemplary damages, and interest arising out of a series of sexual assaults.