Paris, Apr 14 (PTI) Celebrity fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has slammed the #MeToo movement, saying he is “fed up” with it.

Lagerfeld, who has been the head designer at Chanel since 1983, criticised women for taking 20 years “to remember” and narrate their stories of sexual harassment they were allegedly subjected to.

The 84-year-old German designer pointed out that “there were no prosecution witnesses” in all cases that came to light under #MeToo.

“I’m fed up with (the Me too movement)… What shocks me most in all of this are the starlets who have taken 20 years to remember what happened. Not to mention the fact there are no prosecution witnesses,” Lagerfeld told French magazine Numero.

Asked whether the movements like #MeToo and Time’s Up prove to be hurdles in his approach to work, Lagerfeld said, “Absolutely not.” “I read somewhere that now you must ask a model if she is comfortable with posing. It’s simply too much, from now on, as a designer, you can’t do anything,” he added.

He also said that he did not believe the claims against ousted Interview creative director Karl Templar.

“A girl complained he tried to pull her pants down and he is instantly excommunicated from a profession that up until then had venerated him. It’s unbelievable. If you don’t want your pants pulled about, don’t become a model! Join a nunnery, there’ll always be a place for you in the convent. They’re recruiting even!” Lagerfeld said.

The designer, however, said that he “cannot stand” disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

“That said, I cannot stand Mr Weinstein. I had a problem with him at amfAR,” he said.

Several Hollywood A-listers such as Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong’o, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow, among many others, have levelled accusations of sexual abuse and harassment against the media mogul.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.