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Lindsay Lohan recently earned quite a bit of notice when she spoke out against the #MeToo movement last week during an interview. The actress-turned-entrepreneur claimed at the time that women "look weak" when they speak out about experiences, and she also claimed that some women were going public only to seek attention in the midst of a growing movement. Shortly after the interview was published, Lindsay Lohan issued an apology, trying to clarify her comments and claiming that she had no intention of hurting anyone by what she said. Here's what Lindsay Lohan said.
I would like to unreservedly apologize 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. 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.
The apology came in a recent statement issued to People. As Lindsay Lohan explained, she has "the utmost respect and admiration" for the women brave enough to step forward and offer their testimonials in such a public manner. She believes these women have "served to protect those who can't speak," and Lohan also believes these women "give strength to those who have struggled to have their voices heard." In the original interview, Lohan made a point to note she's very supportive of women, and she admitted that she can't speak out against something she hasn't personally lived. But she also called some women "attention-seekers," and these comments weren't the first time Lindsay Lohan spoke out against the #MeToo movement.
This is the original quote from Lindsay Lohan's interview with The Times that earned the former child actress her recent string of media controversy.
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. 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. If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment. You make it a real thing by making it a police report.
In addition to the recent interview, Lindsay Lohan also earned some scrutiny in October when the actress made a video voicing her support for Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced producer of Lohan's often-panned thriller I Know Who Killed Me and the subject of several allegations of sexual harassment and assault since the #MeToo movement began. In the video, Lindsay Lohan urged Georgina Chapman, Weinstein's wife at the time, to stay by her husband's side amid the allegations. Chapman separated from her husband not long after.
The original interview was meant to promote Lindsay Lohan's forthcoming new MTV reality series, tentatively titled Lohan Beach Club. Ultimately, however, these #MeToo comments have taken over the conversation, and Lohan hopes her strongly-worded apology will take the fire out of the initial statements. We'll be sure to keep you posted on the latest developments in Lindsay Lohan's life and career right here at CinemaBlend.