The actress turned nightclub owner apologized in a Sunday statement to People for her comments in a recent interview with British publication The Times that women “look weak” when they share their stories of sexual misconduct.
“I would like to unreservedly apologize for any hurt and distress caused by a quote in a recent interview with The Times,” Lohan told People.
“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 Me Too 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.”
Lohan, 32, said she feels “very strongly” about the Me Too movement and has “the utmost respect and admiration” for the women coming forward with stories of sexual misconduct.
“Their testimony has served to protect those who can’t speak, and give strength to those who have struggled to have their voices heard,” Lohan said of the women speaking out publicly.
In her interview with The Times, Lohan said she’s “very supportive of women,” but doesn’t like “attention-seekers.”
“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,” she said, adding later: “If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment. You make it a real thing by making it a police report. ... 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.”