Lindsay Lohan faces backlash over #MeToo movement comments

Former child star Lindsay Lohan is stirring up controversy over comments made about the #MeToo movement.

During a recent interview with The Times in the U.K., the Mean Girls star shared her thoughts on the movement, which has highlighted the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault in society.

"I can't speak on something I don't live, right? Look, I am very supportive of women," Lohan said, explaining that she hasn't personally experienced sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. "Everyone goes through their own experiences in their own ways." 

However, she went on to criticize those who have publicly come forward with allegations in recent months, saying, "If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment. You make it a real thing by making it a police report." 

"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 continued. "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."

Of course, once the interview gained traction online, it wasn't long before the 32-year-old actress faced major backlash. "Does ⁦@lindsaylohan⁩ have to be on the wrong side of everything?" novelist Molly Jong-Fast tweeted, while actress-director Aisha Tyler wrote, "@lindsaylohan⁩ is canceled. Forever." Meanwhile, another social media user tweeted, "Maybe stop asking Lindsay Lohan her opinion on things, especially after she defended Weinstein."

Readers may remember that Lohan was one of very few celebrities to defend disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein after dozens of actresses first accused him of a 30-year history of sexual abuse last October. As Nicki Swift previously reported, she'd shared a video on her Instagram Stories at the time, saying, "I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now. I don't think it's right what's going on." The actress, who was later slammed for her comments, went on to criticize Weinstein's wife of ten years, Georgina Chapman, for leaving her husband amid the ongoing scandal. The former couple has since reached a divorce settlement.

Despite Lohan's latest remarks on the #MeToo movement, she can't necessarily deny its impact on exposing powerful men's abuses of power — particularly in Hollywood. Since last fall, multiple men in entertainment industry have been accused of sexual misconduct, most recently including CBS CEO Leslie Moonves.