Martha Stewart Says Not All #MeToo Men Are Guilty

( Some of the men who were accused of sexual harassment, sexual assault and other improprieties as part of the #MeToo movement are not actually guilty.

That shocking announcement of opinion came from a similarly shocking source — Martha Stewart.

As part of an interview she gave with Harper’s Bazaar that was published on Tuesday, the television personality talked about her overall feelings behind the #MeToo movement. The 79-year-old mogul in homemaking talked about the “painful” elements of the movement, which began as only a hashtag and grew to a movement that removed powerful men from prominent positions and resulted in broader conversations about sexual harassment in the workplace.

In the interview, Stewart said:

“I’ve known almost every single one of the famous guys that has been accused and set aside. Some were certainly guilty of a lot of what was accused. But some were — it’s just their awful personalities.”

While Stewart wouldn’t specifically name who she was referring to, she did say that their behavior was just who they were. She continued:

“I am not going to mention their names, but I know those people very, very well, and you knot the man just talks about sex during dinner. That doesn’t mean anything to me.”

Stewart has a lot of experience dealing with these type of men, too. Not only has she been a prominent figure in media for decades, she also began her working career as a stockbroker on Wall Street in the 1960s and 1970s. That environment was ripe with men behaving badly and displaying misogynistic behavior.

As Stewart said:

“I lived it. I mean, every man on Wall Street was trying to get you. Every man was trying to touch you in the cab. You had to keep your cool and just do your thing, and brush them away.”

Stewart said she was expected to just deal with the behavior that was rampant on Wall Street and in the office during that time. Some of the things that have come out during the #MeToo movement brought up some of the same feelings that Stewart experienced first-hand on Wall Street. As she said:

“It has been really painful for me.”

Ultimately, Stewart left Wall Street, opting instead for a life at home rather than in the Big City. She moved to Connecticut and began her life as a homemaker, which she is now most famous for.

She did well building a huge following for various aspects of home life, including decorating and cooking. In 2004, though, she went from famous to infamous when she was convicted of federal financial crimes. That year, she went to federal prison for five months, and then spent several months on home confinement and probation.

But, like always, Stewart pushed through the challenges and came out on the other side. She said:

“I knew I was strong going in, and I was certainly stronger coming out. It was a very serious happening in my life. I take it very seriously.”