As dozens upon dozens of celebrities admonish Harvey Weinstein following the emergence of countless allegations of sexual harassment and rape, Lindsay Lohan has come to the producer’s defense.
In a video posted to Instagram early on Wednesday morning, Lohan said that she feels bad for Harvey Weinstein and that what’s going on isn’t right. She also said that his wife, Georgina Chapman, should stand beside him.
“I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now,” Lohan said. “I don’t think it’s right what’s going on. I think Georgina needs to take a stand and be there for her husband. And he’s never harmed me or done anything to me. We’ve done several movies together. And so I think everyone needs to stop. I think it’s wrong. So stand up.”
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
Less than one hour after posting this on Instagram, Lohan deleted it, but the video was saved and has since been re-uploaded by BuzzFeed’s Lauren Yap.
Lohan has indeed made several movies with Harvey Weinstein. The first was My Scene Goes Hollywood, a 2005 direct-to-video animated movie based on the Mattel line of dolls that was distributed by Harvey Weinstein’s company Miramax. Two years later, she was in Bobby, a film about Robert F. Kennedy that was distributed by The Weinstein Company. Finally, Lohan played herself in Scary Movie 5, which was also distributed by The Weinstein Company.
The defense of Weinstein on Lohan’s Instagram account was quite surprising to see considering it came less than 24 hours after The New Yorker published a piece in which three women accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and others accuse him of sexual harassment; separately, Rose McGowan has implied that Weinstein raped her. It also comes less than one week after The New York Times published a piece detailing decades of sexual harassment allegations at The Weinstein Company. Days after that piece, two major actresses went on the record saying that Weinstein harassed them: Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.
Needless to say, Lohan received a flood of criticism for her Harvey Weinstein defense, but she has not yet addressed the video or apologized for it. On her Instagram account, her most recent post has been flooded with angry comments.
“You, especially as a woman, should be defending your female peers and supporting them as they demand justice for themselves,” one user wrote. “It’s unacceptable to excuse poor behavior just because it hasn’t affected you. That’s the ultimate form of privilege right there.”
As the Harvey Weinstein accusations have come to light, many actresses have released statements saying that they condemn his behavior even though they have worked with him and did not personally experience any abuse. Jennifer Lawrence did so in her statement, for instance.
“I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior,” Lawrence said. “I worked with Harvey five years ago and I did not experience any form of harassment personally, nor did I know about any of these allegations. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting. My heart goes out to all of the women affected by these gross actions. And I want to thank them for their bravery to come forward.”