B.C.-born animal-rights activist, Playboy Playmate and former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson sat down for an interview with Megyn Kelly on Thursday, and discussed the spate of sexual harassment allegations that have engulfed Hollywood since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke.
According to Anderson, Weinstein’s alleged victims should have known what they were getting themselves into, given Weinstein’s reputation.
“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,” she told Kelly.
“When I came to Hollywood, of course I had a lot of offers to do private auditions and things that made absolutely no sense,” she added. “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.”
When Kelly pointed out that many of the women were lured into hotel-room meetings by agents or female assistants, Anderson said they should have insisted that another person join them in the room. “That’s what they should have done,” she said. “Send somebody with them. I think there’s easy ways to remedy that. That’s not a good excuse.”
As Anderson, 50, explained, she’s certainly been no stranger to encountering Hollywood’s casting couch over the years, but managed to avoid becoming a victim.
“I know that Hollywood is very seductive and these people want to be famous,” she said. “Sometimes you think you’re going to be safe with an adult in the room. I don’t know where this security comes from, but somehow I’ve dodged it all. I’ve been offered lots of things. A condo and a Porsche to be someone’s number one girl. I just naively said, ‘Well there must be a number two then, so I’m not interested.’ Money, homes, roles in movies. And I just didn’t want to do it that way. I had no desire. I’m a romantic and it didn’t appeal to me.”
Anderson also details her own run-in with Weinstein, which was not sexual in nature but was nonetheless extremely unpleasant.
As she explains, she was playing Invisible Girl in the 2008 superhero spoof “Superhero” movie when she refused to work with a stage dog as a protest of the animals’ treatment on movie sets. When Weinstein found out, she says he became furious.
“’You’re Pamela Anderson and you don’t deserve anything. If you don’t do this you’ll never work in this town again,’” Weinstein told her, she related. “Never in my life had I been talked to [like this]. I’ve had some pretty bad boyfriends. And I’ve never been talked to this way.”
Anderson wound up taking heat for her comments, with critics slamming her for blaming the victims, yet Anderson is standing by her remarks.
In an interview with TMZ, Anderson insists that she never said women deserved to be abused. “This is not victim blaming,” she tells TMZ, going on to blast Weinstein as “a sexist pig and a bully.”
In fact, Anderson says that she wants to see the perpetrators punished for their actions, but also wants to see women become empowered with the “ability of self-protection,” explaining: “There are a lot of self-protection courses. There is even a well known story of suffragettes learning martial arts.”
She also tells TMZ that “women [must be] aware of certain problems and how to spot them and fight them. It is totally hypocritical to ignore this.”
You can watch Anderson’s entire interview with Kelly in the video above.