Lindsay Lohan has apologized for criticizing women who spoke out about sexual assault as part of the #MeToo movement.
During a recent interview with the Times of London, Lohan initially said that she didn’t “really have anything to say” about #MeToo. “I can’t speak on something I don’t live, right?” she said. “Look, I am very supportive of women. Everyone goes through their own experiences in their own ways.”
But then the actress went on to make a number of damning statements, first claiming that she did not support “attention-seekers.”
“You make it [sexual abuse] a real thing by making it a police report,” she added. “I’m going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women. You have these girls who come out, who don’t even know who they are, who do it for the attention. That is taking away from the fact that it happened.”
After facing strong backlash for her comments, Lohan told People magazine in a statement that she “unreservedly apologize[s] for any hurt and distress caused by a quote in a recent interview with The Times.”
“The quote solely related to my hope that a handful of false testimonies out of a tsunami of heroic voices do not serve to dilute the importance of the #MeToo movement, and all of us who champion it,” she continued. “However, I have since learned how statements like mine are seen as hurtful, which was never my intent. I’m sorry for any pain I may have caused.
“I feel very strongly about the #MeToo movement and have the utmost respect and admiration for the women brave enough to come forward and speak out about their experiences. Their testimony has served to protect those who can’t speak, and give strength to those who have struggled to have their voices heard.”
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