Credit: Janet Mayer / Splash News Photo: Ashley Hebert and Her Yorkie, Boo, Pose at the ASPCA Blessing of the Animals in NYC on December 11, 2011

Courtney Robertson was tarred with the “mean girl” brush even before The Bachelor Season 16 officially started, but at least Bachelorette Ashley Hebert is keeping an open mind about the brunette model. Ashley knows what it’s like to be attacked for a TV portrayal and she’s willing to cut Ben Flajnik’s ladies some slack.

As Ashley tweeted while watching Ben’s first date with Courtney on Episode 2, “Ben loves Courtney!!!!! Obvi!!!” She also wrote, “I know I'm going to get some heat for this one...but I kinda liked Courtney on her one-on-one. What do you guys think??”

However, when asked for her favorites at this point, she wrote “1. Kacie 2. Rachel 3. Nicki. There you go!!” Earlier in the night she gave Kacie Boguskie special attention, tweeting “Yay so happy Kacie got the first date!! LOVE HER.”

So Ashley is on board with Kacie as a fan favorite while also appreciating the connection between her almost-fiancé and the competitive Courtney.

What do you think of Courtney at this point? Do you think she’s sincere or just “in it to win it”? Vote here in our poll.

Source: Twitter

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