Meanwhile, allies of the #MeToo movement have pointed out that the alleged assault, while shocking, should not be used to derail the legitimacy of the #MeToo movement.

As #MeToo creator Tarana Burke pointed out on Twitter, it feels terrible to see an advocate for justice accused of the exact crime they are protesting—but it’s also important to note that it’s possible for Argento to be both a survivor and perpetrator of sexual assault.

Argento should face serious consequences if she did what she is accused of. But that does not render her accusations against Weinstein void. Indeed, these latest allegations show how widespread sexual violence is, how diverse its victims are, and how critically we as a society need to address it.

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