Do the Asia Argento Allegations Discredit #MeToo? Its Founder Doesn’t Think So

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Do the Asia Argento Allegations Discredit #MeToo? Its Founder Doesn’t Think So


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What does it mean for #MeToo that Asia Argento, a very public face of the movement, reportedly made a deal with her own accuser?

It means that #MeToo is working as it should, Tarana Burke, the founder of the movement, said on Twitter.

“People will use these recent news stories to try and discredit this movement — don’t let that happen,” she tweeted on Monday. “This is what Movement is about. It’s not a spectator sport. It is people generated.”

Ms. Argento quietly arranged to pay off the actor Jimmy Bennett after he said she sexually assaulted him in 2013 — when he was 17 and she was 37 — according to documents that were sent to The New York Times through encrypted email by an unidentified party.

Maya Salam reports on gender issues for The New York Times. Follow her on Twitter @Maya_Salam. And follow NYT Gender on Instagram.

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