Lindsay Lohan says she has mixed feelings about the #MeToo anti-harassment movement.
Telling the London newspaper The Times that “I don’t really have anything to say. I can’t speak on something I didn’t live, right?” the 32-year-old actress-entrepreneur nonetheless went on to state that while she is “very supportive of women” and that everyone “goes through their own experiences in their own ways,” she finds some members of her gender to be “attention-seekers.”
“If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment,” the star, originally of Cold Spring Harbor and Merrick, told the paper. “You make it a real thing by making it a police report.” Psychologists note multiple reasons for delayed reporting, including fear of repercussion, disassociation from the trauma, and learned minimalization and denial.
“I’m going to really hate myself for saying this,” she continued, “but I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women. You have these girls who come out, who don’t even know who they are, who do it for the attention. That is taking away from the fact that it happened.”
In October, Lohan posted and then severely edited down an Instagram message saying she had received no support the year before after alleging she’d suffered domestic violence by then-fiance Egor Tarabasov, with whom she was living in London in 2016.
“Whatever anyone says, I am FOR #womenempowerment as if most women in America cared how I was abused by my ex-fiancé… when not one person stood up for me while he was abusing me,” the actress wrote, according to a screengrab by People magazine. “You could only imagine what it feels like to come out as a #strongwoman BUT, acknowledge this, we all make our own choices and wake up in our own beds in the morning. I prefer to go to my home and wake up alone. #BESTRONG let us not blame anyone as #karma will always takes [sic] its toll … #womensrights.”
Lohan now lives in Dubai but has temporarily relocated to the Greek island of Mykonos, where she and business partner Panagiotis Spentzos launched the beach club Lohan Beach House Mykonos. A second venture on another island, Lohan Beach House Rhodes, opened last month. MTV on July 30 announced it was shooting a behind-the-scenes reality show about the Mykonos club, scheduled to air next year.
Lohan has not commented further on social media.