10:18pm PT by Chris Gardner
Lindsay Lohan Defends Harvey Weinstein: "I Feel Very Bad"
On a day filled with explosive news about Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced and troubled film mogul has found an ally in Lindsay Lohan.
The actress attempted to throw water on the fiery Weinstein story by posting a series of clips on Instagram's Stories feature. After introducing herself on her own account with, "Hi, this is Lindsay Lohan" followed by a wave to the camera, the 31-year-old announces that she is "home" in Dubai. Then came a plea to get everyone to stop.
"I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now. I don't think it's right what's going on," Lohan said. "I think Georgina [Chapman] needs to take a stand and be there for her husband."
The latter statement came in a second clip added to the same story, this one with an angel emoji inserted under the name "Harvey."
Apparently Lohan missed the breaking news from earlier in the day when the Marchesa designer Chapman, who has been married to Weinstein since 2007, announced to People that she was leaving him in the wake of a new batch of horrifying allegations published in The New Yorker and The New York Times. Chapman asked for privacy as she cares for the couple's two young children. "My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions," she said. Some of those women went on the record in today's published reports, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rosanna Arquette, Asia Argento, Mira Sorvino, Lucia Evans, Judith Godrèche, Tomi-Ann Roberts, Katherine Kendall and Dawn Dunning.
In her clip, Lohan said that she was not among those hurt by Weinstein. "He's never harmed me or did anything to me. We've done several movies together. I think everyone needs to stop; I think it's wrong. So stand up," she said, before signing off.
Wrong is a word that has been used many times, but on the other side of the fence by those who have spoken out against Weinstein's alleged misconduct. Barack and Michelle Obama picked "disgusting" for their statement as they were just two of the many high-profile names who released statements today, showing how far-reaching this scandal is. "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status. We all need to build a culture — including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect — so we can make such behavior less prevalent in the future."
Lohan's clips have been deleted from her account, but Buzzfeed celebrity editor Lauren Yapalater snagged them first. ("She deleted them just now but thanks to the new iPhone update I screen recorded them in time," Yapalater tweeted.) THR has reached out to a rep for Lohan asking for additional comment and a reason why she deleted her post.
Lohan was seen in the Weinstein Company's Bobby and Scary Movie 5. Director Paul Schrader weighed in on the Weinstein scandal today as well, mentioning on Facebook that his film The Canyons, which starred Lindsay Lohan, also almost ended up with Weinstein. (Schrader also posted other controversial statements about Weinstein that can be found here, along with his subsequent apology.)
As for Lohan, her attempt to defend Weinstein, who has admitted some responsibility in the shocking allegations made against him and who is said to be en route to rehab in Europe via private jet, did not go over well on Twitter. (It should be noted that it's not the first time Lohan has courted controversy by offering support for controversial figures. Earlier this year, she attempted to silence Donald Trump's critics by tweeting, "Stop #bullying him & start trusting him. Thank you personally for supporting #THEUSA")
Twitter user @FeministRocks posted, "Lindsay Lohan says she feels bad for Harvey Weinstein hey Lindsay how about feeling bad for the women he sexually harassed instead huh?"
However, she did find an ally of her own in Rose McGowan. The actress, named as one of the actresses who settled with Weinstein (following an encounter in a hotel room at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival), tweeted this message early Wednesday morning: "Please go easy on Lindsay Lohan. Being a child actor turned sex symbol twists the brain in ways you can’t comprehend."
lindsay lohan (and her whack accent) is defending Harvey Weinstein on her insta rn. GOODBYE TO YOU FOREVER. pic.twitter.com/aMzvAOXPYp
— lauren yap (@itslaurenyap) October 11, 2017
Please go easy on Lindsay Lohan. Being a child actor turned sex symbol twists the brain in ways you can’t comprehend.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 11, 2017
Oct. 11, 9:15 a.m.: Updated to include Rose McGowan's tweet.