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Lindsay Lohan apologises for calling women who contribute to #MeToo 'weak'

‘I’m sorry for any pain I may have caused.’

IN A RECENT interview with The Times, Lindsay Lohan argued that women who have contributed to the narrative surrounding the #MeToo movement are ultimately portraying themselves as ‘weak’.

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In a bizarre assessment of the movement, the 32-year-old actress said:

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.

And now the Mean Girls star has seen fit to apologise.

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Issuing a statement to People magazine, Lindsay backtracked on her remarks and insisted that she was actually referring to the potential damage caused by false accusations.

I would like to unreservedly apologise 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.

Lindsay, who was subject to intense backlash in the days following her remarks, acknowledges the impact her comments may have on anyone planning to come forward with their own experience.

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 actress, who also appeared to defend on Harvey Weinstein on social media in the wake of the now infamous New Yorker article, insists that she does, in fact, see the importance of the #MeToo movement.

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.

Twitter has responded to Lindsay’s statement on the controversy, and it looks like the apology has fallen short for many people.

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