I somehow doubt she just went out and said this she was obviously asked a question and when asked if it were me and I felt that way I would say so, if she was asked and refused to answer they would have run with a story stating she refused to defend him.
I doubt that, and it really doesn't sound like it if you read the article. I think Helen was just speaking from the heart and said a little more than is wise under the circumstances since she's more or less said she believes the charges are bogus.
No probs whatsoever with her supporting him, she's known him forever, is obviously very upset over it and has every right to express that.
(I really hope these charges turn out to be false. I'm honestly more shocked at this than anything on the JS thread.)