Angela Lansbury under fire for sexual harassment comments

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LONDON (CNN) – Renowned actress Angela Lansbury, known for her work in films such as “Murder, She Wrote,” is facing criticism after saying women “must sometimes take blame” for sexual harassment because of the way they dress.

In an interview Monday with British entertainment media company RadioTimes, Lansbury said women “have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive. And unfortunately, it has backfired on us… Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.”

Lansbury was speaking about the wave of sexual harassment and sexual harassment allegations recently made against powerful men such as Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Her comments went viral online.

Some people said they thought the beloved actress was trending because she was deceased but were instead mortified to hear what she said.

Others pointed out the irony of the actress playing a mystery writer and amateur detective who advocated for victims in “Murder, She Wrote,” the long-running CBS show.

People also noted the irony of her part in “Gaslight,” a 1944 film that helped popularized the term “gaslighting,” a form of psychological abuse in which someone is manipulated into questioning their sanity.

In the interview, Lansbury goes on to explain that women shouldn’t be prepared to be sexually assaulted because “there’s no excuse for that.”

Some have excused the 92-year-old’s comments by saying, “she’s from a different time.” Others say her age is no excuse.

CNN has reached out to Lansbury’s management team for comment and has yet to receive a statement.

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