Mayim Bialik has apologised for comments she made in her controversial op-ed for The New York Times, stressing that she is ‘motivated and driven to work hard to empower women’.
Bialik, who is best known for her portrayal of Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory, faced a huge backlash late last week after suggesting in her piece, Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World, that so-called ‘non-traditional’ Hollywood women are ‘overlooked’ by possible sexual harassers.
The essay came in the wake of the numerous allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment that have been made against prominent producer Harvey Weinstein – allegations he ‘unequivocally denies’.
Despite defending her comments on Monday (October 16) during a Facebook Live interview, Bialik has now formally apologised following the backlash to her piece.
‘Let me say very clearly and explicitly that I am very sorry,’ Bialik wrote in a statement published last night (October 18).
‘What you wear and how you behave does not provide any protection from assault, nor does the way you dress or act in any way make you responsible for being assaulted; you are never responsible for being assaulted.
‘I am truly sorry for causing so much pain, and I hope you can all forgive me.’
See Bialik’s full statement below.
Bialik had previously shared a statement about the New York Times piece where she appeared to claim that her words had been taken out of context.