Weinstein, who produced many major Hollywood films, was fired by his company’s board of directors after multiple women accused him of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. The wave of allegations have sparked discussions across the country about how these issues are being handled in professional industries. During Parton’s visit to Fox Business, Webster asked Parton for her perspective on the news.
“You’ve been in movies and the entertainment industry as a world renowned singer,” Webster said to Parton. “What’s your reaction to what’s happened, are you shocked?”
“Well yeah,” Parton replied. “That’s really a heartbreaking thing all around.” The country legend said her experiences with Weinstein were limited. “I only worked with Harvey once. The only thing I remember is he worked my butt off,” she stated.
“You know, he was a business man also. I never had the problems with him that some of them did,” she clarified. “But that happens a lot. I’ve been in this business a long time.”
Parton was then asked what advice she would give to young actresses starting out in the entertainment industry. “I think things like this are going to bring [sexual harassment issues] to the forefront and I think that will give them extra strength to say, ‘Hey, remember what happened here?You better back off a little bit.'”
Parton also noted how her family taught her from a young age what to do if she found herself in threatening situations.
“I grew up in a family of six brothers and my dad and my uncle. So they kind of taught me the ropes if I got in those situations. So I just kinda have been lucky really, luckier than most.”
You can watch the entire interview with Dolly Parton via Fox Business.