Jenny McCarthy slammed rumors that her son Evan no longer has autism, calling the claims "completely ridiculous.
A furious McCarthy hit back at press reports claiming she said Evan has never had autism, tweeting on Jan. 4:
Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous.
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."
Jenny said the false press reports cited a 2010 Time magazine interview, where she allegedly said her son does not have autism anymore. McCarthy insisted she never made those statements.
"These stories cite a 'new' Time Magazine interview with me, which was actually published in 2010, that never contained any such statements by me," said McCarthy. "Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder."
Jenny has stirred controversy over the years after saying Evan's autism was caused by the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine he received as a baby. In 2007, she was heavily criticized after launching an anti-vaccine movement; she has since softened her stance on vaccinations.
McCarthy, a longtime vegan, has also been slammed after remarking that she had cured her son's autism by eliminating gluten from his diet. Jenny detailed her attempts to cure Evan's autism in her book Louder Than Words: A Mom's Journey in Healing Autism.
Autism is a developmental disability characterized by difficulty with communication and social interaction. There is no known cause or cure for autism. Autism now affects one in 88 children.