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Lindsay Lohan Has Defended Harvey Weinstein And Criticised His Wife, Which… Is Not Great

Oh no.

In light of what we can now confidently call the biggest bombshell in Hollywood history, more and more celebrities have come out to lay allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, to claim their lack of knowledge about his alleged behaviour, to make bizarre self-serving statements, or simply to pledge their support to the women involved. Then, there’s Lindsay Lohan.

Lohan, who worked with Weinstein on Bobby and Scary Movie 5, has come out in defence of him in a stunningly poorly judged statement, which she delivered to the public via Instagram stories.

“I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now. I don’t think it’s right what’s going on,” Lohan said in her story. “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.”

Her defence of Weinstein was followed by an attack on Weinstein’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Georgia Chapman, who has just left her husband in light of the allegations against him. Lohan said in her Instagram story that Chapman needed to “take a stand and be there for her husband”. Oof.

The story was deleted soon after it was posted, but not before fans and the media got hold of it. This isn’t the first time Lindsay has somewhat bizarrely jumped into a complicated situation to offer her opinion. Last year, during the UK’s Brexit vote, Lohan was vocal in her support for those British citizens who wished to remain in the EU.

It’s worth remembering, despite the fact that Lohan’s defence of Weinstein is paper-thin and extremely misguided, and her criticism of Chapman is cruel, that Lohan has a history of substance use issues. So a global attack on her for her statements is probably not a super clever or empathetic idea.

She’s also had her fair share of involvement with men who are not altogether stand-up guys. Filmmaker Brett Ratner once recounted how he forced a very young Lohan to get an STI test before he performed oral sex on her, live on air with radio host Howard Stern. She was also publicly humiliated by James Franco, who wrote a completely asshole-ish “short story” about how embarrassing it is to know Lindsay Lohan. And Lohan starred alongside porn star and alleged sexual offender James Deen on The Canyons, a film that was made with bonafide creepy men Paul Schrader and Brett Easton Ellis.

So, you know, things in Hollywood are pretty weird all round, and it’s fair to assume some stars might have confuses their metric for what counts as appropriate behaviour.

Regardless, Lohan’s comments stand in stark contrast to the majority of Hollywood figures who have come out in sympathy and support of those women allegedly harassed and assaulted by Weinstein. And one thing’s for certain, Hollywood celebrities definitely need to start checking themselves before they wreck themselves.

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