#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke Weighs in After Asia Argento Report: ‘There Is No Model Survivor’

Activist doesn’t want to let people discredit #MeToo movement

Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement that emerged following the sexual misconduct accusations against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last October, took to Twitter on Monday to uphold the movement’s values following the accusations lodged at actress Asia Argento.

“People will use these recent news stories to try and discredit this movement – don’t let that happen. This is what Movement is about. It’s not a spectator sport. It is people generated. We get to say ‘this is/isn’t what this movement is about!'” Burke wrote on Twitter in a thread. “There is no model survivor. We are imperfectly human and we all have to be accountable for our individual behavior.”

Argento emerged was one of the first women to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault.

On Sunday evening, the New York Times published a report that Argento had paid a settlement last November to Jimmy Bennett, a now-22-year-old actor-musician who played Argento’s son in the 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.”

The documents obtained by the Times indicate that Bennett met Argento in a California hotel room in May 2013 —  just two months after his 17th birthday — where he said she sexually assaulted him.

Bennett’s lawyer, Gordon K. Sattro, had sent Argento an intent to sue her for $3.5 million in damages for the infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery.

Rose McGowan — a fellow Weinstein accuser — also came out on Twitter Monday, distancing herself from Argento, with whom she had become friends.

“My heart is broken,” McGowan wrote.