Jenny McCarthy spoke out recently against rumors that she said her son Evan doesn't suffer from autism after all, saying she is taking "every legal measure" she can against those who started the lies.
The actress and model says the rumors cite quotes from an old Time Magazine interview, but the quotes aren't actually there. In fact, she says, the entire thing is made up and she wants it to stop.
"Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous," she wrote on Twitter. "Evan was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center). The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate. These stories cite a "new" Time Magazine interview with me, which was actually published in 2010, that never contained any such statements by me. Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder. Please know that I am taking every legal measure necessary to set this straight."
McCarthy has famously backed the theory that autism is linked to vaccines and has spoken out and even written about the supposed dangers of getting children vaccinated against preventable diseases. Her support of anti-vaccines even threatened her gig at "The View" after many opposed the idea of McCarthy filling a seat on a show that has such a large audience.
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