Actress and political activist Alyssa Milano broke her silence on September 22 after she was accused of calling the police on a suspected gunman in her neighborhood of Bell Canyon in Ventura County, California, over the weekend in a report by the Daily Mail.
It turned out the person was a hunter looking for squirrels with an air rifle. Some right-wing netizens accused Milano, an of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, of being a hypocrite since she supports the defund police movement. However, she wasn’t the one who called the authorities, Fox News confirmed.
“Apparently, rightwing media & trolls have decided that they should target me because my neighbor called the police after seeing a person dressed in black holding a rifle behind my home where I live with my young children and husband. Here is my statement and what really happened,” she wrote in a tweet pinned to the top of her Twitter account.
Milano issued a three-page statement via the notes app where she explained that it was not she who called the police and she thanked officers for handling the situation:
On Sunday morning as we were all getting ready to watch the Giants game, our neighbor spotted ‘a man dressed in all black, walking in the woods between our properties with a gun.’ As that is a rare sight in our parts, the neighbor was understandably alarmed and she called the police.
We then received a call alerting us to the potential situation and that officers had been dispatched. My husband subsequently called 911 to check on when police would be arriving. While he was on the line, they arrived.
The responding officers were amazing and made my family and I feel safe and secure as we ‘sheltered in place’ until we knew exactly what was happening. After searching the woods for some time, a man who fit the description called the police himself, to say he had been hunting squirrels in the area and apologized for the commotion he had caused.
I would like to thank the brave men and women of the Ventura Country Sheriffs as well as all the other officers who cam to protect and serve our neighborhood.
These are exactly the type of situations that police officers are trained for and should be responding to, and we will always support police having the resources they need for appropriate policing actions.
We’d love to see equally trained non-police professionals respond to addiction and mental health crises and non-violent events so that these brave officers can do the jobs they are so good at handling, as demonstrated this weekend.
Milano Has Advocated For ‘Defund The Police’ Since June
Milano first tweeted about “defunding the police” in June, where she said there was no reason they needed to be militarized.
“This is the problem,” she tweeted at the time, as noted by the Daily Mail. “We’ve militarized the police. To protect and serve? Please. How many hungry children would the cost of this tank feed? How many community programs would this serve? How many classroom supplies or childcare programs? Mental health services?”
Milano Was Accused of Being a Liar By Rose McGowan
This wasn’t the first time Milano has been accused of being a hypocrite. She and former Charmed co-star Rose McGowan feuded last month, with the hashtag #AlyssaMilanoIsALie becoming a top-trending Twitter topic.
The spat started when McGowan accused the Democratic National Convention and Biden of being monsters, frauds, and liars. Milano inserted herself into the conversation–as far as McGowan was concerned–when she listed all the good things the Democratic party has done.
McGowan accused Milano of stealing the #MeToo movement from creator Tarana Burke, which she called “a brilliant communication tool, not a movement.”
She then talked about their relationship on Charmed, saying it was intolerable to work with her.
“You made 250k per week on Charmed,” McGowan tweeted. “You threw a fit in front of the crew, yelling, ‘They don’t pay me enough to do this shit!’ Appalling behavior on the daily. I cried every time we got renewed because you made that set toxic AF. Now, get off my coattails you fucking fraud.”
The actress then shared clip from her February 2018 interview with Nightline where she now famously said Milano was “a lie.” “I don’t like her,” she said during the conversation, “because I think she’s a lie.”