‘Don’t go to his hotel room if you’re not sure’: Joanna Lumley speaks out against Weinstein scandal

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Full of sympathy: Joanna Lumley condemned the

Joanna Lumley has spoken out on the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying actresses need to take more responsibility for their actions.

The Absolutely Famous star, 71, has openly said that she is “full of sympathy for the horrors that have gone on” but insisted that women need to “speak up” if they are forced into uncomfortable situations.

Speaking to Hello! Magazine, she said: “If you don't know whether to take your pants off, don't suddenly scream later: 'I really didn't want to do it'. And don't go to his hotel room if you're not sure, because it won't end well.”

The actress, who will step into Stephen Fry’s shoes to present the BAFTAs on Sunday, said that the sexual harassment scandal “was and is everywhere”.

She said: “I'm full of sympathy for the horrors that have gone on, but at the same time, women need to know what they are or aren't going to do.

Speak up: Lumley urged victims to speak out against harrassment (Getty Images)

“It's your ship, you're the captain, so if somebody does something you don't like, speak up. Don't feel you ought to do it because you need a job.”

Lumley is set to wear black at this year's BAFTAs in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement.

She added: “I won’t be making a big statement, but maybe somebody who’s a recipient, or whose giving [out an award] maybe they will and that’s lovely.

“People can say what they like. People can do a highland fling if they want to.”