Dame Angela Lansbury says her controversial sexual misconduct comments were taken “out of context”

Star says there is "no excuse whatsoever for men to harass women in an abusive sexual manner"

Dame Angela Lansbury has said that her recent comments about sexual misconduct were taken “out of context” and that she is “troubled” and “devastated” by the controversy.

The Murder She Wrote actress, 92, recently faced a backlash when she appeared to suggest that women should “sometimes take blame” for harassment and assault.

“There are two sides to this coin,” she told the 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.”

“Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped,” Lansbury added at the time. “Should women be prepared for this? 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 has now clarified her comments, saying: “There is no excuse whatsoever for men to harass women in an abusive sexual manner. I am devastated that anyone should deem me capable of thinking otherwise.”

Angela Lansbury

“Those who have known the quality of my work and the many public statements I have made over the course of my life, must know, that I am a strong supporter of women’s rights,” she says.

“Lastly, I would like to add that I am troubled by how quickly and brutishly some have taken my comments out of context and attempted to blame my generation, my age, or my mindset, without having read the entirety of what I said.”