A prominent figure in the #MeToo movement, Milano was the invited guest of senator and ranking committee member Diane Feinstein at Thursday’s hearings and sat next to New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Last Friday, Milano spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her experiences with sexual assault and #WhyIDidntReport. Telling them, “This is exactly the reason why we don’t come forward, or we don’t report. Because of the scrutiny. Because a man’s word will always mean more than our word. And it’s disgusting.”
During and shortly after the hearings, reports circulated that Milano got in trouble with security and had her phone confiscated. Milano set the record straight, that her phone was not taken away but her ‘Believe Women’ sign was.
P.S. I did not have my phone confiscated as proven by the fact that I didn’t stop making social media posts. I did have my, “believe woman” sign confiscated though. And a policeman warned me about taking video on my phone.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 28, 2018
Unsurprisingly, many people took cheap, sexist shots at Milano commenting on how her dress was too “revealing” and “disrespectful” for the hearing. ” I know there were comments. Some of them about my appearance. I think they’re a perfect example of the way in which women are objectified,” Milano told Cosmopolitan. She went on to recount her experience being in the room as Kavanaugh delivered his testimony. “If a woman had acted like this during a line of questioning, she would be considered totally unhinged or hormonal or accused of having a meltdown, or worse, of being a bitch.”
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Milano took to social media today to condemn the committee’s decision to bring Kavanaugh’s nomination to a vote before the senate. But, resilient, Milano also reminded her fans and supporters that “November is coming—and we will vote.”
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