After saying that women sharing stories of sexual harassment “makes them look weak” and suggesting that some who do so are “attention-seekers,” Lindsay Lohan has clarified her remarks and apologized for them.
“I would like to unreservedly apologize for any hurt and distress caused by a quote in a recent interview with The Times,” she told People, adding that her comments “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.”
“However, I have since learned how statements like mine are seen as hurtful, which was never my intent,” Lohan continued in a statement. “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.”
That’s a stark contrast to her controversial statements earlier this week. “I’m going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women,” Lohan said. “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.”
Lohan had previously defended Harvey Weinstein, making her one of the few to do so. The former executive “never harmed me or did anything to me,” she said. “We’ve done several movies together. I think everyone needs to stop; I think it’s wrong.”