Actress Alyssa Milano, who once tweeted about her ‘crazy amount of love’ for Bill Clinton, now believes he should have faced an FBI probe over sex assault claims.
Milano made the remark as she continued to denounce Brett Kavanaugh, who has faced multiple claims of sex assault as he seeks a seat on the Supreme Court.
Challenged by CNN’s Chris Cuomo over the double-standard of attacking Kavanaugh but giving Clinton a free pass, she withdrew her support for the former President.
Cuomo pointed out that Democrats were more than willing to give Clinton the benefit of the doubt over his accusers, and questioned whether Kavanaugh should get the same treatment.
Milano responded: ‘No. And I don’t think Bill Clinton should’ve got that benefit, in hindsight.’
She continued: ‘As a nation we were in a different time, women were being continually silenced, and we gave him the benefit of the doubt.
‘I think we probably should have investigated the allegations against him as well.’
Cuomo seemed taken aback by the comments, because Milano was previously known as a supporter of Clinton.
In a since-deleted 2012 tweet, she wrote: ‘Bill Clinton, I love you so much. Like crazy amounts of love.’
Explaining her less-generous view of Clinton now, she added: ‘This is not about partisan politics to me. This as about humanity.
‘Even though this process is so uncomfortable to everyone we really need to look at where we want to be, who we want to be as a nation, and really examine this in a non-political way and a human way.
‘We need to get past this and get to the result which is something we all want which is a just world with equality for women.’
Clinton admitted to having an affair with Monica Lewinski while in office and was accused of sexual assault by Paula Jones and Juanita Broaddrick.
Milano’s support for Clinton has been used as a cudgel against her since she became a figurehead of the #MeToo movement by encouraging victims to come forward.
It was Milano’s tweet that gave the movement its name as she tried to gauge the scale of the problem following the claims against Harvey Weinstein.
Since then dozens of prominent men from every industry walk of life have been brought down by tales of sexual harassment and abuse, some decades old, after victims decided to speak out.
Milano revealed last week that she is also the victim of a sexual assault, saying it happened when she was 19 years old during a crush at a pop concert when someone put their hand up her skirt.
Among those to be accused is Brett Kavanaugh. Three women have identified themselves as victims of drunken sexual abuse in the 1980s.
Most prominent among them is Christine Blasey Ford, who testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a high school gathering in 1982.
Deborah Ramirez, a Yale alumni who attended the college at the same time as Kavanaugh, further claimed he exposed himself to her at a dorm party.
She was questioned by the FBI as part of their investigation, which was ordered by the White House off the back of Ford’s testimony.
A third woman – Julie Swetnick – also claims she witnessed Kavanaugh groping girls and pushing them into walls during drunken high school parties.
Swetnick further claims that women, herself among them, were gang-raped at these events, though cannot say whether Kavanaugh participated.
Her credibility has been widely questioned since she came forward via attorney Michael Avenatti – who is also representing Stormy Daniels – and she was not included in the FBI probe.
Senate Republicans and the White House say the FBI report, which was completed on Wednesday, provides no corroboration to Ford’s claims and they expect Kavanaugh to be voted through shortly.
Democrats have bemoaned a lack of thoroughness by the FBI while accusing the White House of placing limits on the probe, and say the report does not fully exonerate him of wrongdoing.
The debate around Kavanaugh has now moved beyond Ford’s claims to include broader concerns about the partisan nature of his testimony to congress, apparent lies he told in sworn testimony, and his general temperament.
Multiple retired Republican judges – including retired Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens – have come forward to say they do not support him for that reason.
To shore up his chances, Kavanaugh penned an op ed for the Wall Street Journal apologizing for his ’emotional’ testimony and vowing to remain impartial.
Senators are expected to take a procedural vote on his nomination on Friday morning around 10.30am.
That would open the way for a potential final vote on Saturday, with four wavering senators standing between Kavanaugh and the lifetime post.
Republicans Jeff Flake (Arizona), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and red state Democrat Joe Manchin (West Virginia) have yet to declare.