Fox News reports Alyssa Milano is defending her decision to stay silent in the wake of a recently surfaced allegation against former Vice President Joe Biden by former Senate staffer Tara Reade, who claims he sexually assaulted her in 1993.
Milano, 47, spoke with radio host Andy Cohen on Monday during his SiriusXM broadcast and when Cohen brought up the fact that, once again, Milano had been a trending topic on Twitter – he gave the actress the floor to speak on the matter and she did so, choosing her words gingerly.
“So it’s actually quite a serious reason, I think. So I’ve endorsed Joe Biden. And there have been accusations against Joe about sexual assault,” Milano began. “I have not publicly said anything about this.”
The “Charmed” alum famously attended Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in 2018 where Christine Blasey Ford testified that he sexually assaulted her in the early-1980s. She said she has always taken a wait-and-see approach to these sensitive matters and that the predicament Biden has found himself in is no different.
She explained to Cohen: “If you remember, it kind of took me a long time to publicly say anything about Harvey [Weinstein] as well because I believe that even though we should believe women and that is an important thing. And what that statement really means is like, you know, for so long, the go-to has been not to believe them. So really, we have to sort of societally change that mindset to believing women.”
“But that does not mean at the expense of not, you know, giving men their due process and investigating situations and giving, you know, it’s gotta be fair and in both directions,” Milano added.
Though Milano has been among many women in Hollywood on the front lines during the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements that have swept over various industries over the last three years, the social activist said her support of Biden mostly stems from her longstanding relationship with the presidential hopeful.
In addition, Time’s Up, the organization established in the thick of the #MeToo movement to help survivors tell their stories and fund court cases by accusers, determined the allegation against Biden wasn’t sufficient enough to move forward with an investigation.
Per TCO, Rose McGowan, who co-starred with Alyssa Milano in the series “charmed” called Milano a “fraud” for failing to stick up to Joe Biden’s sexual assault accuser Tara Reade.
You are a fraud. This is about holding the media accountable. You go after Trump & Kavanaugh saying Believe Victims, you are a lie. You have always been a lie. The corrupt DNC is in on the smear job of Tara Reade, so are you. SHAME
Alyssa Milano broke her silence on Biden’s #MeToo Accusation against him in a radio interview with Andy Cohen.
I explained my silence on the allegations against Joe Biden in this clip.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 6, 2020
Milano then added:
There is something to the idea that people are going to weaponize #metoo for political gain. Just look at the replies here and look to see who those accounts are supporting in the primary. There always needs to be a thorough vetting of accusations.
David Weissman tweeted:
I am willing to bet if a woman accused Bernie Sanders of rape, they would not believe her but use snake emojis with an # just like they did with Elizabeth Warren because they didn’t believe her when she mentioned that Bernie told her that a woman couldn’t be President.
to which Alyssa responded:
Right. This is clearly a smear campaign. And Warren not endorsing Bernie when their policies line up—to me—means she was telling the truth about what he said.
Needless to say, many Twitter users were not impressed.
This is revolting.
And @Andy — consider not referring to women expressing concern over a sexual assault allegation as “Bernie Bro’s.”
— Briahna Joy Gray (@briebriejoy) April 6, 2020
You stand for absolutely nothing pic.twitter.com/zg8YYc2ZNa
— beth, a toxic (@bourgeoisalien) April 6, 2020
Oh come on. Alyssa stands for unearned privilege, sexual exploitation, terrible acting, and listening to her own lips flap.
— Plain Ol' Johnny Graz Stands With Tara Reade (@jvgraz) April 6, 2020
Ratio’d into oblivion.
What a hypocrite.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) April 6, 2020
What additional evidence do you want? Can you be specific?
The victim came forward.
Multiple witnesses have said that she told them about the sexual assault as soon as it happened.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) April 6, 2020
Why are you censoring replies? Seems you want a lot of things to be silenced. pic.twitter.com/VjYyG4nQ43
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) April 7, 2020
Hypocrisy at its finest. pic.twitter.com/dsgBfxE9yL
— Mark The Shark (@MRaff57) April 6, 2020
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