Melania Trump says #MeToo women should back allegations with evidence

Melania Trump says #MeToo women should back allegations with evidence

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Women who make accusations of sexual abuse must be heard and supported – but so too should men who face such allegations, according to Melania Trump. The first lady, whose husband has faced allegations of inappropriate behaviour, also said women should have solid evidence to support their claims. “I support the women, and they need to be heard,” she said. “We need to support them, and also men, not just women.” Mrs Trump sat for a rare interview with US TV network ABC while she was in Kenya during her tour of Africa. The trip made as many headlines for her wardrobe as her support of American aid to the continent. She was asked about her attitude to the #MeToo movement days after her husband won a bruising battle to install Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court despite allegations of sexual assault. WATCH: One-on-one with First Lady @MelaniaTrump. She's opening up for the first time about her life and her time in the White House to @TomLlamasABC. "Being Melania – The First Lady" airs THIS Friday at 10|9c on @ABC: https://t.co/BFuO7gPBkPpic.twitter.com/MqXC5NuVMn— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 10, 2018 Both Mr Kavanaugh and Mr Trump have denied the accusations against them. Mrs Trump said women also had a responsibility to back their claims with evidence. “We need to have a really hard evidence that if you’re accused of something, show the evidence. I do stand with women. But we need to show the evidence,” she said. “You cannot just say to somebody, I was sexually assaulted, or you did that to me, because sometimes, the media goes too far.” She also revealed how America’s polarised political climate is affecting her efforts to promote good causes. She said a number of organisations had turned down her invitations to work together, decisions she ascribed to attitudes towards her husband’s administration. 11 of Melania Trump's most controversial outfits – and what they meant “I feel like they’re choosing the politics over helping others,” she said. “I would not talk about it, they know who they are, I don’t want to put them out in front of the world, but they know who they are.” ABC is due to broadcast the full interview on Friday.