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Alyssa Milano said that the #MeToo movement is “alive and swelling” following the allegations against Asia Argento. The two actresses were early voices in the #MeToo movement after a number of sexual misconduct claims were leveled against Harvey Weinstein.
The New York Times reported on Sunday (Aug. 19) that the Italian actress, who accused Weinstein of raping her, allegedly secretly paid off actor Jimmy Bennett to stay quiet about his own sexual assault allegations against her, stemming from an encounter between her and Bennett in 2013, when he was only 17 years old.
In an interview with Good Morning America on Thursday (Aug. 23), Milano said that those “that have been abused can also be abusers.”
“The fact that people are still coming forward and still holding people accountable for their actions, whether that be a male predator or a female predator — to me, that’s a testament that the movement is working, and there is progress being made,” she continued.
Harvey Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman, called the allegations against Argento a “stunning level of hypocrisy.”
Milano was then asked how she feels about the word “hypocrite” being associated with the movement. “I say, ‘Bring it.’ I don’t have any fears about the #MeToo movement,” she said. “They can call this movement whatever they want. To me, what that only does is enables us to identify issues, the problems, and to then discuss them, get them out in the open.”
The actress added that while their names are often connected through the movement, she has never met Argento. “I’ve never met her. I’ve never spoken to her,” she said.
Milano said that Argento is not a prominent voice in the movement in “a leadership capacity.” She explained, “This is a movement where women and men are standing up against abuses of power and holding people accountable. It’s not like there’s some advisory board. I think she’s a voice in which she has told her story in a very public way, but there are a lot of stories like Asia’s.”
Argento has denied the allegations and claims that she “never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”
Bennett released a statement on Wednesday (Aug. 22) addressing why he chose to speak out. “I did not initially speak out about my story because I chose to handle it in private with the person who wronged me,” he said. “My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself. I have not made a public statement in the past days and hours because I was ashamed and afraid to be part of the public narrative.”
Watch the full Good Morning America interview with Milano above.
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