The woman who created the #MeToo movement is calling on her fellow activists to press forward in light of news that one of the group’s most prominent voices, Asia Argento, allegedly paid off an accuser of her own.
Argento, who emerged as a voice in the #MeToo movement after she accused movie producer Harvey Weinstein of rape last year, made a deal with a young actor who accused her of sexual assault.
Tarana Burke took to Twitter to answer criticism about Argento and the movement’s credibility.
“The #metooMVMT is for all of us, including these brave young men who are now coming forward,” Burke wrote. “It will continue to be jarring when we hear the names of some of our faves connected to sexual violence unless we shift from talking about individuals…and begin to talk about power. Sexual violence is about power and privilege. That doesn’t change if the perpetrator is your favorite actress, activist or professor of any gender.”
Actor and musician Jimmy Bennett alleges Argento sexually assaulted him in 2013 when he was 17 and she was 37.