Celebrity Women Who Were Slammed for Supporting Men Accused of Sexual Assault
Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal began, it seems every day new sexual assault allegations are being brought to light against men in power. From politicians to Hollywood superstars we’ve watched on the big screen for decades, women are coming forward with their stories. And many public figures are also joining together to show their support for these women during this difficult time.
Not everyone in Hollywood is supporting the women, though. Some have chosen to take the side of the alleged abuser and question the validity of these allegations. Here are the famous ladies who dared to side with the accused.
1. Lena Dunham
This isn’t the first time Girls star Lena Dunham has put her foot in her mouth. As People reports, Lena defended a writer for her hit TV show after he was accused of sexual assault by actress Aurora Perrineau. In response, Lena and the co-creator of Girls issued a statement saying, ” … sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year. … We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”
After immediate criticism, Lena backtracked, saying “I now understand that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward with such a statement and I am so sorry.” Even so, the apology didn’t really win anyone over.
2. Kellyanne Conway
It’s no secret many women have accused the current president of sexual misconduct — and it’s Kellyanne Conway who’s come to his defense. Before Trump was in office, dozens of women came forward with allegations. And Newsweek reports she spent plenty of time insisting that people were using “sexual assault to try to make news” as well as claiming Trump had always been “gracious and [a] gentleman” to her personally.
It seems Kellyanne has now changed her tune, as more recently she’s expressed sympathy and support for women coming forward. Though it’s no secret her expert way of sliding Trump’s dirty laundry under the rug helped him win the election.
3. Whoopi Goldberg
We know this superstar for her decades of excellent acting — but after dozens of women accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, Whoopi garnered attention for her support of the actor. People reports Whoopi said she had a “lot of questions” for Barbara Bowman, who was just one of the women who came forward.
“Don’t you do a kit when you say someone has raped you?” Whoopi said in response to Barbara as a jab against why she didn’t come forward with these allegations sooner if they were true. Bill Cosby has even thanked the Hollywood star for her defensive comments. And even after the charges, she never apologized for her stance.
4. Hillary Clinton
It’s tough to say where Hillary Clinton stands when it comes to sexual assault allegations. Recently, she spoke kindly of Al Franken, the Democratic senator and her former colleague who’s been accused of sexual harassment by a female radio host. NY Daily News reports Hillary said, “He’s a good friend of mine and I deeply regret what he did. There’s no excuse for his behavior but he has called for an investigation and apologized to the women involved.”
Because of Al Franken’s apology, Hillary thinks this really sets him apart from Roy Moore and Trump, two others who’ve been accused of the same conduct. And as for her husband’s past scandalous activity, she says the situation isn’t worth lingering on.
5. Donna Karan
This famous fashion designer started a Twitter storm over her comments following the Harvey Weinstein allegations. USA Today reports when at the CinéFashion Film Awards, Donna commented, “I don’t think it’s only Harvey Weinstein. … We have to look at our world … and how women are dressing and what they’re asking for by presenting themselves the way they do.”
Just hours later, she apologized for the comment, reiterating that sexual harassment is never acceptable no matter the circumstances. But it didn’t stop Rose McGowan from calling Donna “deplorable” on Twitter, or Megyn Kelly from calling her out, too.
6. Lindsay Lohan
Here’s another celeb who defended Harvey Weinstein amidst his allegations. Us Weekly reports Lindsay Lohan threw in her thoughts on an Instagram story. She said, ” … I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now. I don’t think it’s right what’s going on. … He’s never harmed me or did anything to me — we’ve done several movies together.”
Her followers immediately responded by telling her her experiences with the producer weren’t the same as everyone else’s. One person even asked, “Who is managing you?”
7. Phylicia Rashad
As a former co-star with Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show, everyone was curious as to how Phylicia Rashad, better known as Clair Huxtable, would respond to the allegations. USA Today says Phylicia condemned the women, saying, “I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. … Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV, and it’s worked.”
Similarly, another Cosby Show star, Keshia Knight Pulliam, felt the same. Keshia says Bill served as a great example for her over the years, despite what the allegations say. Obviously, both Keshia and Phylicia met harsh criticism for their comments.
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