Lindsay Lohan received tons of backlash when she said the #MeToo movement made women look "weak," and that victims should "discuss it at that moment" rather than wait until the future to come forward with allegations. Now, the Freaky Friday actress is apologizing for the statement.
"I would like to unreservedly apologize for any hurt and distress caused by a quote in a recent interview with The Times," she told PEOPLE. "The quote solely related to my hope that a handful of false testimonies out of a tsunami of heroic voices do not serve to dilute the importance of the #MeToo movement, and all of us who champion it. However, I have since learned how statements like mine are seen as hurtful, which was never my intent. I’m sorry for any pain I may have caused."
She continued: "I feel very strongly about the #MeToo movement and have the utmost respect and admiration for the women brave enough to come forward and speak out about their experiences. Their testimony has served to protect those who can’t speak, and give strength to those who have struggled to have their voices heard."
To be fair, she did preface the initial statement by saying she was "going to really hate [herself] for saying this." However, as Lohan gears up for her MTV reality TV series, Lohan Beach Club, it wouldn't be surprising if more controversy pops up around the 32-year-old actress in the near future.