Lindsay Lohan defends Harvey Weinstein in late-night Instagram video
In the whirlwind of public statements being issued from high-profile people about the recent Harvey Weinstein drama, it sticks out like a sore thumb when someone goes to defend the 65-year-old, who has been accused of sexual assault, harassment and rape by over 25 different women.
There has been a lot of finger-pointing about who is to blame, as many people in the industry are guilty of being complicit in his actions. But really, it comes down to the individual, and it is his responsibility to bear.
Celebrities like Meryl Streep, Judd Apatow and Jennifer Lawrence have all come forward to condemn Weinstein's actions, and a new wave of criticisms has surged after further allegations from actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have claimed to be victims of his predatory advances.
So it comes as no surprise that many people were startled to hear that 31-year-old actress Lindsay Lohan spoke out in defense of the Hollywood producer. She posted two bizarre videos to her Instagram Stories, complaining that Weinstein was being treated unfairly in the recent events.
"Hi, this is Lindsay Lohan," she said in the video. "I'm in Dubai, I'm home, and I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now, I don't think it's right what's going on."
The videos appear to be filmed late at night. Lohan moved to Dubai at the end of last year, and has since picked up an unusual accent which can be heard in her videos.
The second video, which included an emoji of a halo-wearing angel and "Harvey" written in text above it, went on to address Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman.
"I think Georgina needs to take a stand and be there for her husband," Lohan said, "and he's never harmed me or did anything wrong to me. We've done several movies together, and so I think everyone needs to stop. I think it's wrong. So stand up."
Yet only two films starring Lohan had Weinstein credited in production on IMDb. One was Bobby, the 2006 film portraying Robert F Kennedy's assassination, and Weinstein was only listed as a 'Special Thanks' credit. And the other was Scary Movie 5, where Lohan played herself. Weinstein was an executive producer in this film from 2013.
Lohan's comments about Chapman needing to stand by her husband came after Weinstein's wife of 10 years announced she was leaving him. She stayed silent for five days, with Weinstein claiming in an interview following the allegations that his wife was standing by him “100 per cent". But that wasn't the case.
"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband," Chapman told People. "Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time."
While he may not have assaulted Lohan, her unusual rant came straight after more allegations from high profile actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, who also claimed Weinstein sexually harassed them when they were younger.
Lohan deleted the videos after they were uploaded, perhaps after receiving backlash for her comments defending the man. She has made no further comments about her opinion on the matter.