A huge bombshell dropped Monday morning. One of the women who has accused former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and rape, is now herself accused of being a sexual harasser. Needless to say, #MeToo activist, Actress Asia Argento finds herself on the other side of the movement.
Argento is said to have paid off a then 17-year-old actor after a sexually harassing the teen to the tune of $380,000. Despite the sad, ironic turn of events, what makes this even worse is that at the time of the alleged inappropriate sexual conduct, Argento was 38-years-old. The alleged incident happened in 2013, in a California hotel room.
According to the details of the 2013 incident, once in the California hotel room, Argento supplied the 17-year-old with alcohol, began kissing him and then performed oral sex on him and then proceeded to have sexual intercourse.
Probably the creepiest detail about the entire ordeal? Argento and the then 17-year-old met years ago on the set of “The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things” when he was just a child.
It will be interesting to watch how the media reacts to this. Will they treat Argento like a predator, which, if everything detailed is true, she most certainly is. Will she be ostracized by the entertainment industry like Weinstein and Spacey? Will she be brought up on charges like Weinstein? The simple fact is that rape is rape, sexual assault is sexual assault whether the perpetrator is a male or female. Let’s hope the #MeToo movement recognizes this as well.
If #MeToo is really worth anything at all, Argento will face the same wrath as the men who have done such things. That’s all anyone can really ask. This is a huge moment for #MeToo, will they turn against one of their own or will they sweep it under the rug and hope it just all goes away.