Lindsay Lohan issues apology for controversial #MeToo comments: “I’m sorry for any pain I may have caused”

The actor says she has now "learned how statements like mine are seen as hurtful"

Lindsay Lohan has issued an apology after she made controversial comments about the #MeToo movement.

Following numerous alleged sex crimes of Harvey Weinstein coming to light last year, women across the globe began sharing their own experiences of sexual misconduct and harassment.

While supporters of the movement say that it offers solidarity with victims, the 32-year-old actor said that it makes those speaking out “look weak”. She also claimed that the movement had been manipulated by ‘attention seekers’.

“You have these girls who come out, who don’t even know who they are, who do it for the attention,” Lohan said. “That is taking away from the fact that it happened.”

Now, the actor has released a statement to People apologising for her “hurtful” comments.

“I would like to unreservedly apologize for any hurt and distress caused by a quote in a recent interview with The Times,” she says. “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.”

Lohan goes on to say that she feels “very strongly about the #MeToo movement”, adding that she has “the utmost respect and admiration for the women brave enough to come forward and speak out about their experiences”.

She concludes: “Their testimony has served to protect those who can’t speak, and give strength to those who have struggled to have their voices heard.”

Last year, Lohan proved to be an unlikely defender of Harvey Weinstein after he was accused of sexual assault. “I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now,” she said at the time. “I don’t think it’s right what’s going on.”