Dakota Fanning Speaks Out About Sexual Assault

Photo: Venturelli/WireImage.
Hollywood has been in the news a lot lately and, unfortunately, so has sexual harassment and assault. Since the allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein became extremely public, numerous other men in show business have been accused of sexual misconduct, including director James Toback and Kevin Spacey.
At the Rome Film Festival, Dakota Fanning addressed this crucial topic at a photo op with reporters. According to the Associated Press, she mentioned that she has not been victimized in Hollywood the way other women have described. She did say that it is "important to talk about these issues, for women to stand up for themselves."
Advertisement
Fanning is right. Many of these allegations have been whispered about for decades. They were jokes on Family Guy. They were blind items on gossip sites. But because women chose to come forward, Weinstein and others have been taken to task professionally, if not legally. The reality is, nearly half of all women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. It's shockingly common, but not surprising. We're talking about it now because women were brave enough to speak out.
Fanning was in Rome to present her new movie Please Stand By. In the film, she plays a character named Wendy, who has autism. Wendy runs away from her caretakers in order to enter a Star Trek scriptwriting competition. Of her character, Fanning says "you have to fight for what you believe in and stay true to what you are."
The film is directed by Ben Lewin and also stars Toni Collette, Marla Gibbs, and River Alexander.
Advertisement

More from Movies

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.