Jane Fonda Reveals She Was Fired For Not Sleeping With Her Boss

by Adam Silvers

Actress Jane Fonda just dropped a bombshell of epic proportions.

In a recent interview with Net-a-Porter's The Edit, the 79-year-old two-time BAFTA Award winner said she was "raped" and "sexually abused" as a child.

To make matters worse, Jane Fonda revealed she's also been fired for refusing to sleep with her boss.

Speaking with Brie Larson, who conducted the interview for The Edit, the two-time Academy Award winner said,

I've been raped, I've been sexually abused as a child and I've been fired because I wouldn't sleep with my boss and I always thought it was my fault; that I didn't do or say the right thing.

To caption the above photo, Net-a-Porter wrote,

WOMEN OF THE WORLD: Meet the real #JaneFonda. In honor of upcoming #InternationalWomensDay, the film icon sits down with fellow Oscar-winning activist #BrieLarson to discuss feminism, finding her voice, and how women are changing the world in #THEEDIT.

Jane Fonda also spoke with Brie Larson about how her experience as a child wasn't unique.

She said,

I know young girls who've been raped and didn't even know it was rape. They think, 'It must have been because I said 'no' the wrong way.' One of the great things the women's movement has done is to make us realize that [rape and abuse is] not our fault. We were violated and it's not right.

Fonda spoke to thousands at the Women's March in Los Angeles in January, and her message was heard loud and clear.


Fonda spoke with Larson about her struggle with saying "no." She said,

It took me 60 years to learn how to say no. If anyone offered me anything I would say yes. I took parts I wasn't right for and I was taken advantage of. I didn't know how to stand up for myself. Now, I would say, 'No. This is a piece of shit. I don't like the way you're treating me,' and leave. If only I had known then what I do now.

According to reports, in 2014, the 79-year-old actress shocked the world by stating her mother, Frances Ford Seymour, was sexually abused as a child.

Seymour committed suicide at the age of 42.

Speaking about her mother at a Rape Treatment Center event, Fonda said,

The minute that I read that, everything fell into place. I knew why the promiscuity, the endless plastic surgery, the guilt, the inability to love or be intimate, and I was able to forgive her and forgive myself.

I don't have much to add here, only that I'm extremely grateful to Jane Fonda for telling her story, and to Net-a-Porter for sharing it.

Citations: Jane Fonda: I've been raped, sexually abused (Page Six)