VH1 Trailblazer Honors To Fete ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Margaret Atwood & #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke

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Harvey Weinstein Accusers Call Out TimesUp for Excluding Them From Anniversary Video

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When TimesUp released a star-studded sizzle reel commemorating its first year, one of the most striking things about it was who wasn’t included: any of the women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

The women who spoke up against Weinstein helped the #MeToo movement catch fire, which led to Hollywood’s creation of the reform-focused TimeUp. The group’s Jan. 1 video featured big names including America Ferrera, Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Natalie Portman, Shonda Rhimes, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep.

“Wow. @TIMESUPNOW posted a video to celebrate its one year anniversary and none of the Harvey Weinstein survivors (the reason the organization was started) are featured in the video. I’m not surprised but I’m still stunned,” reporter Yashar Ali tweeted. “Where is @MiraSorvino, @RoArquette, @AnnabellSciorra, I can go on and on. Have they just been erased? They put so much on the line to speak out.”

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“There has been some concern that @TIMESUPNOW is an elitist org controlled by some of the people who allowed Weinstein to thrive,” Ali went on to write. “This tone-deaf video adds to those concerns. How disappointing and shameful.”

Several Weinstein accusers responded.

“Not that I expected to be included but it’s nice to know some are following the narrative,” tweeted Annabella Sciorra, who told The New Yorker that Weinstein violently raped her in the early 1990s. Caitlin Dulany, who has accused Weinstein of sexual assault, threats, and false imprisonment in 1996, wrote: “It’s very disappointing. Incomprehensible, really.”

In a statement through his publicist, Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” any non-consensual sex.

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Rosanna Arquette, who was one of the first to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, said she was so hurt by the TimesUp video’s exclusion of #MeToo activists that she couldn’t watch it.

“A lot of big egos got in the way and shoved us to the side and did not include us in the conversations,” Arquette said. “It’s just like, wow. Really?”

Representatives for TimesUp declined to comment for this story.

While the video does include a quick still shot of Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, no Weinstein accuser is featured in the video.

Katherine Kendall, who accused Weinstein of taking off his clothes and asking for a massage in his apartment in 1993, said she, too, was taken aback by lack of inclusion. Kendall said that, for the most part, her fellow #MeToo activists have been “shut out” of TimesUp.

“There are a lot of celebrities waving the banner of #MeToo but they were not the first to risk speaking out,” she said. “TimesUp has made no effort to have a relationship with us.”

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Other Weinstein accusers said they offered to help TimesUp in any way they could, but their calls were never returned.

“As far as I can tell, their sole purpose is to promote the idea that Hollywood is ‘doing something’ about sexual harassment by wearing pins at awards shows,” said Lauren Sivan, who accused Weinstein of exposing himself and masturbating in front of her a decade ago.

“I hope I am wrong, but time will tell,” she told TheWrap.

TimesUp began as a legal defense fund in January 2018 to assist people who have experienced sexual assault and harassment.

According to its site, more than 3,400 women and men have been connected to legal resources through TimesUp. Two-thirds of those who contacted the fund identified themselves as low-wage workers. The fund has raised more than $23 million.

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The friction between #MeToo and TimesUp is not new.

In January, actress Rose McGowan blasted TimesUp for partnering with Creative Artists Agency, calling it a “company of pimps that sent so many into the monster’s lair.”

McGowan’s comments came shortly after The New York Times reported that at least eight CAA agents were aware that Weinstein had sexually harassed female clients, yet the agency continued to send actresses to meet with him. (The agency issued a public apology to anyone “the agency let down” following the report.)

“I think if a company with ties to Weinstein and who was complicit with his behavior is given a seat at the table, then victims of the abuse should be invited too,” Sarah Ann Masse, who accused Weinstein of hugging her in his underwear during a 2008 meeting, told TheWrap.

CAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday

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Masse said she was “100 percent” behind TimesUp’s efforts, “but unfortunately there has been an exclusion of the Weinstein silence breakers” from the organization.

“I’ve tweeted, I sent replies to some people who work with the organization saying I would like to be involved,” she said. “But I never heard back.”

Louise Godbold, who said Weinstein grabbed her hand and put it on his crotch at his office in the early ’90s, said TimesUp has not called her either.

“I don’t know whether they are deliberately not reaching out to us or if it’s a great oversight on their part,” she said. “But it is upsetting because they are doing important work without referencing the people who actually put something on the line for this to happen.”

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Godbold, who is a trauma specialist by training, has been working with other non-profits, such as Women in Film, to conduct regular trauma sessions for #MeToo survivors.

“It does feel like an omission and it does make the people who did put something on the line feel invisible,” she added.

Arquette, along with actresses and #MeToo activists Mira Sorvino and Chantal Cousineau, has worked with Equal Rights Advocates, a non-profit women’s rights organization, to push for reforms that protect women in the workplace. She said she sent a letter to TimesUp expressing her disappointment that the organization has not “amplified” these efforts, and that she has a meeting set with TimesUp later this month.

“We deserve to have our voices heard,” she said, “especially since they built this whole thing on the backs of our pain.”

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Screening of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Evacuated After Receiving ‘Several Anonymous Threats’

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The premiere screening of Lifetime’s docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” was evacuated after more than one anonymous threat, the network said.

“At tonight’s premiere of Lifetime’s documentary series ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ at NeueHouse Madison Square, several anonymous threats were called in,” Lifetime said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “As a precaution, the network elected to evacuate the building. The safety and security of our panel, guests and staff is of paramount importance to Lifetime.”

In a separate statement also provided to TheWrap, the NeueHouse called the threats “non-credible,” but said it “followed appropriate safety protocols” in response to them.

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“NeueHouse has always existed to celebrate creatives, entrepreneurs and activists with important and meaningful stories to share. The safety of our storytellers and of our members is always our first priority,” a spokesperson for the theater said. “Tonight was no different. Despite non-credible threats called in during tonight’s screening, we followed appropriate safety protocols in collaboration with the NYPD and elected to postpone the event. We stand by the creative women bringing these heroic stories to light.”

The specific nature of the threats was not disclosed, but according to attendee Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement, a bomb threat was made against the venue rather than any specific person.

“Tonight was a private screening of the @lifetimetv documentary #survivingRkelly where his survivors, parents of survivors, and folks featured in the doc were gathered and a BOMB THREAT was called in and the event shut down. #muteRkelly,” Burke tweeted Tuesday night.

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“The worst of it isn’t the threat though bc it didn’t appear to be credible but the survivors who had to endure his harassment,” Burke continued.

Attendee Feminista Jones also chronicled the incident, posting video to her Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Premiering Jan. 3, “Surviving R. Kelly” is a six-part series, airing over three nights, that investigates accusations of sexual misconduct and abuse made against the singer over the years. Kelly has denied the accusations, most recently in a 19-minute song called “I Admit.”

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TheWrap’s Inaugural ‘Power Women Summit’ Broadcasts Exclusively on SiriusXM

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 SiriusXM announced that it will exclusively broadcast TheWrap’s first-ever Power Women Summit, which aims to raise awareness and have frank conversations about gender equity in entertainment and media. The week-long special series will premiere on November 12 at 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET on Stars channel 109.

The “Power Women Summit on Stars” kicked off on Monday with highlights from the summit, including “Activism and Empowering the Next Generation” with Dolores Huerta, Katie Hill, and Zoe Saldana; “On the Basis of Sex,” with Felicity Jones; and “Leading by Example: A Conversation,” with Jill Soloway and Rebecca Sugar. The trailblazing lineup of speakers that will be featured throughout the week also includes actress and activist Alyssa Milano, former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, attorney Anita Hill, actresses Mira Sorvino and Olivia Wilde, #MeToo Movement Founder Tarana Burke, and more.

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“The Wrap put together a remarkable lineup of women, and we are excited to share their powerful, thought-provoking conversations with the national SiriusXM audience,” said Megan Liberman, Senior Vice President of News, Talk, and Entertainment at SiriusXM.

“Right now is a crucial time to discuss equality and women’s rights,” said Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in Chief, The Wrap. “There was an air of excitement and momentum at our inaugural Power Women Summit, and I’m grateful to SiriusXM for helping further the message to a national audience.”

The Wrap’s 2018 Power Women Summit took place in Los Angeles on November 1 and 2 before a gathering of more than 1,500 women from across the media and entertainment industry. More information can be found at http://wrapwomen.thewrap.com.

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SiriusXM subscribers can hear highlights from the 2018 Power Women Summit beginning on Stars channel 109, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, Amazon Alexa devices, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to www.SiriusXM.com/AtHome to learn more.

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Alyssa Milano on Asia Argento Accusations: ‘Stop Trying to Undermine the #MeToo Movement’ (Guest Blog)

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When the story broke that actress Asia Argento, one of Harvey Weinstein’s victims, settled with her own sexual assault accuser, I knew that attempts to invalidate the #MeToo movement were imminent. Whenever a story involving sexual misconduct comes out that doesn’t perfectly fit a prescribed narrative, people are quick to discredit #MeToo and its validity. I hoped I was wrong, but sadly, I wasn’t.

People pounced on the news that a vocal advocate for survivors has been accused of sexual battery, leveraging it to “prove” that #MeToo is hypocritical and that sexual harassment and assault are not part of institutional misogyny.

They are wrong.

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The fact is, these two truths can exist at once: A victim of assault can also be an offender. It is sad and infuriating to say the least, but one victim’s alleged horrid behavior does not nullify an entire movement. As my friend Tarana Burke eloquently tweeted, “There is no one way to be a perpetrator…and there is no model survivor. We are imperfectly human and we all have to be accountable for our individual behavior.”

Indeed, accountability is at the very heart of the #MeToo movement. We hold any and every abuser accountable, regardless of their gender, race, socioeconomic status, public visibility or popularity. Sexual violence is wrong, full stop.

But while the hideousness of such abuse is clear cut, the process of calling it out, and seeking justice and reform isn’t so black-and-white. It’s messy and complicated and sometimes disappointing — but the answer is not to dismiss the voices of survivors and advocates who are doing the work to shift our culture.

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Rather, we must keep talking. The gray, complicated, areas of social justice and gender equality issues are where the conversations need to take place in order to define boundaries of what’s acceptable and permissible behavior. And as we navigate these conversations, we must reject false narratives and double standards (particularly with regards to the veracity of claims made by male victims vs. female victims), and to continue believing victims and amplifying their voices.

Discrediting #MeToo isn’t just a bad or “hot” take; it directly serves the interests of those who benefit from a culture that demeans survivors and undermines the camaraderie of women who stand in solidarity to right these wrongs. It is a misguided and slippery slope. And I would argue that the fact that more people are publicly coming forward means that #MeToo is alive and swelling.

Let me be clear: nothing can or will ever invalidate #MeToo, because it is a movement created by and for millions of survivors throughout the world. No one story can discredit or undermine the power of our collective voices or our drive for sustainable change.

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The news that actress-director Asia Argento, one of #MeToo’s most visible leaders, is herself facing an accusation of sexual misconduct has thrown members of the movement for a loop, as they try to absorb the latest wrinkle in an already complicated saga.

Some say they’re taking a wait-and-see approach. Others say they’re downright mad at Argento for not being forthright about the accusation early on. Almost all have raised concern about the future of the movement.

“I’m upset that she elected to emerge as a champion of a movement that relies overwhelmingly on our credibility,” Drew Dixon, who in December accused music mogul Russell Simmons of rape, told TheWrap. “It feels disingenuous and hypocritical and unfair to the rest of us who are relying on strength in numbers.”

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Dixon was among the 45 Silence Breakers who, in July, signed a letter of solidarity with Argento, defending her from online trolls following the suicide death of her boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.

“I stand by my reasons for signing that letter,” Dixon said. “You should never bully anyone. But she saw all of us rallying around her, and I’m mystified as to why she didn’t find a way to be equally proactive about owning her own complex history here.”

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Argento, who was one of the first to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, secretly paid former child actor Jimmy Bennett $380,000 after Bennett accused her of sexual misconduct in the months after she came forward with her story about Weinstein.

According to the claim, Bennett had just turned 17 at the time of the encounter, which took place in a California hotel room in 2013 when Argento was 37.

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As part of the agreement, reached in April, Bennett, who is now 22, was required to hand over to Argento, now 42, a selfie he took with her in bed, as well as its copyrights.

“I’m mad at her for not coming out with this in the first place,” Paula Williams, who also accused Weinstein of exposing himself to her in 1990, told TheWrap. “I think it discredits the movement. I think some people were waiting for something like this and this could unravel.”

The Times article sent shockwaves through the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Tarana Burke, the founder of #MeToo, urged people not to allow the accusation against Argento to discredit the larger movement.

“There is no model survivor,” she wrote. “We are imperfectly human and we all have to be accountable for our individual behavior.”

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Argento, who has not commented since the accusation came to light, has already seen one of her staunchest supporters distancing herself from her. Earlier Monday, actress Rose McGowan issued a statement on Twitter saying: “I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere.”

I got to know Asia Argento ten months ago. Our commonality is the shared pain of being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. My heart is broken. I will continue my work on behalf of victims everywhere.

— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 20, 2018

In a later tweet, McGowan added, “None of us know the truth of the situation and I’m sure more will be revealed. Be gentle.”

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“She has been through so much, I would not be surprised if that resulted in some real confusion around sexual boundaries,” Louise Godbold, who also survived sexual assault by Weinstein, told TheWrap of Argento. “However, if there is ever a power differential (in this case age and maturity) and the person without power feels coerced or obligated into sex, that is not okay.”

Godbold, a trauma specialist working with sexual assault survivors, noted that society “cannot have double standards” when it comes to accusations of sexual misconduct. However, she said she wasn’t convinced that the comparisons between Argento and Weinstein are fair.

“His was a decades-long, systematic, cynical and callous abuse of women,” she said. “We must not lose sight of the fact that Asia can be a victim in one situation and a perpetrator in another. They do not cancel each other out.”

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The accusation against Argento has sparked renewed concern and confusion over what is the appropriate response to an accusation of sexual misconduct. For months, critics and supporters of the #MeToo movement have raised questions about the lack of due process for the accused and whether or not every person coming forward should be automatically believed. Argento’s case is the first time a prominent accuser is now in the accused seat.

“Obviously you have to wait for all the facts to come out,” Dixon said. “But there has been pushback about believing the accusations and not hiding behind the details. So it does ring hypocritical to ask for that process now. It’s very upsetting.”

The question now is what effect, if any, will the accusations against Argento have on the movement as a whole.

“There’s no question this is going to have a big impact,” Richard Levick, chairman of crisis management firm Levick, told TheWrap. “If accusations are the new proof, then this was bound to happen.”

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According to Levick the problem could be compounded by the fact that both Argento and her accuser have opted not to comment.

“Her not speaking and her lawyer not speaking means there is a single narrative out there,” he said. “And the facts that are out there so far are certainly not helpful.”

But civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, who stepped down as Harvey Weinstein’s adviser following sexual assault accusations against him in October, said she did not believe the latest accusation will change the landscape.

“When [a movement is] that broad there are always going to be some individual situations that don’t turn out the way that we would expect,” she said. “This is one case and only one case… We should believe victims because it’s very rare that victims are lying. It does happen occasionally but it’s rare.”

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If there is a silver lining to all of this, some say, it’s the fact that it could ostensibly encourage more men to come forward.

“I think in many people’s mind, the #MeToo movement was just for women,” crisis manager Susan Tellem of with Tellem Grody PR, Inc. in Malibu, told TheWrap. “This brings it into a whole different light when men can be the recipients of sexual harassment, just like women.”

“This has nothing to do with sexual orientation or gender,” Jason Boyce, who in December accused fashion photographer Bruce Weber of kissing and groping him during a 2014 photoshoot, told TheWrap. “It has to do with people in a position of power over another individual. However this should not detract from the #MeToo movement. It should, however, show that this type of abuse is not exclusive to one gender.”

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Asia Argento Silent Over Sexual Assault Accusation

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Asia Argento, a prominent accuser of Harvey Weinstein, remained silent on Monday on an explosive report that she paid a financial settlement to an underage actor who accused her of sexual assault.

A New York Times piece published Sunday afternoon said Argento paid costar Jimmy Bennet $380,000, after he accused the actress of assaulting him in a California hotel when he was 17.

Neither Argento or her lawyer commented to the Times, and did not return numerous requests from TheWrap for comment on Monday.

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The silence offers sharp contrast to almost a year of outspoken comments from Argento on abuse in Hollywood, and her own alleged rape at the hands of disgraced mogul Weinstein.

“She should have spoken ASAP. Beyond herself, she is disappointing people who have championed the cause,” one busy Hollywood crisis manager told TheWrap, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “This feels more selfish than it does cautious.”

Reactions across the industry, the movement and social media are muddled. Systemic abuse, trauma, hypocrisy and male-bashing are all topics the table as people attempt to reconcile this news with the paradigm shift Argento helped bring with her own accusations against Weinstein — which include rape, sexual assault and verbal abuse.

“This has all become so odd, I honestly don’t know what to think,” one female content producer, who is a vocal supporter of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement in Hollywood, confessed.

#MeToo founder Tarana Burke moved swiftly to counter any harm to the cause.

“People will use these recent news stories to try and discredit this movement – don’t let that happen … There is no model survivor. We are imperfectly human and we all have to be accountable for our individual behavior,” Burke said.

Predictably, social media did not mince words in backing or maligning the actress.

“The aggressive response by lots of men about #AsiaArgento who remained silent about the many men justifiably brought down by the #MeToo movement does nothing to invalidate the movement, but rather serves to further prove it’s point,” wrote filmmaker Josh Edelman.

“What a despicable hypocrite. Calling out Weinstein for his terrible actions whilst remaining silent that she groomed and raped a teenager she had known since he was 7,” another user said. “Time for you to get out of the #MeToo movement @AsiaArgento, abusers are not welcome.”

Argento’s emergence as an advocate against sexual misconduct in the industry prompted Bennett to come forward, he indicated in his legal filings last year.

“Feelings about that day were brought to the forefront recently when Ms. Argento took the spotlight as one of the many victims of Harvey Weinstein,” Sattro wrote in his letter of intent to sue, according to the Times.

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#MeToo Silence Breakers Sign Statement of Support for Asia Argento After Anthony Bourdain’s Death

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Dozens of people who spoke out during the #MeToo movement have signed a statement of solidarity in support of Asia Argento, calling out “internet trolls” who have targeted her since the suicide of her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain.

“Asia has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death,” the statement reads. “She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her “survivor status” and the #MeToo movement to advance her career.”

After Argento told The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow that Weinstein had “forcibly performed oral sex on her” in 1997, Bourdain became an fierce advocate for victims of sexual misconduct and the #MeToo movement.

The statement, obtained by TheWrap, was signed by 45 of #MeToo’s most visible names, including Rosanna Arquette, Zoë Brock, Terry Crews, Paz De La Huerta, Lucia Evans, Rose McGowan, Olivia Munn, Anthony Rapp, Johnathon Schaech, Mira Sorvino, Jessica Barth and Lauren Sivan.

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Argento, one of the first women to come forward with her accusations of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein, was dating Bourdain when the famed chef was found unresponsive in a hotel room in France last month.

“We are here to ask those who are angry and grieving the loss of Anthony to find a healthy outlet for their pain. Asia is a survivor, just as we are, and her fame and outward show of strength does not make her any less vulnerable. Asia is not a headline — she is a human being, and she is in horrific pain,” the statement went on to say. “There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. We reject that narrative.”

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The letter concludes by saying that, “standing up for [Argento] is standing up to any and all bullies. We implore you to be kind to each other, to believe survivors, to stand up for survivors, to encourage, support and sympathize with them.”

Read the full statement below.

On June 8, we lost a rare, great man. Anthony Bourdain was a lightning rod of cultural connectivity. He brought disparate, marginalized people together and made the unknown accessible — some of the many gifts that made Anthony such a valuable presence in our collective lives, whether we knew him or not. An unwavering supporter of women and the #MeToo movement, Bourdain’s loss was a tragedy on so many levels, to so many people who saw him as a beacon of a new way of being. We share that grief and deepest sadness for his family and those closest to him whose pain must be unimaginable.

One of the most vocal and unwavering figures in the #MeToo movement has been Asia Argento. At the center of our community, Asia has stood, her fist in the air, fighting daily not just for justice for those of us she has come to know, but for abused people the world over.

Asia has now found herself on the receiving end of vicious cyberbullying and repulsive slander at the hands of internet trolls who hold her responsible for Anthony’s death. She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her “survivor status” and the #MeToo movement to advance her career.

There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying and martyring courageous women. We reject that narrative. If there is one thing we know with unwavering confidence, “sexual violence victim” is not a title anyone wants attached to themselves. Being known as a sexual assault victim isn’t a badge of honor or career booster; it’s a highly difficult, sometimes traumatizing and humiliating experience. All of us who have taken the risk of coming forward — and it is truly a risk to us, our reputations, relationships and mental health — have faced harsh criticism and often outright anger and hatred online, in our respective communities and, for some, within our own families. Yet we come forward in the hope that we can change things for others and end the sexual violence and abuse that has flourished with impunity for millennia.

We are here to ask those who are angry and grieving the loss of Anthony to find a healthy outlet for their pain. Asia is a survivor, just as we are, and her fame and outward show of strength does not make her any less vulnerable. Asia is not a headline — she is a human being, and she is in horrific pain.

We are proud to stand together as silence-breakers. We are so grateful for the foresight and compassion of #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and every member of the community of survivors whose pain deserves equal attention. We are indebted to and linked with every person who has come forward to report their own experiences with sexual harassment, abuse and rape. We are proud of the courage of each and every person who has decided to speak their truth, just as we support those who do not wish to speak. We are proud of the work that is being done, but we are not finished; we have only just begun.

We understand sexual harassment and assault are global epidemics. Our request for Asia is a request for any and all survivors. Our standing up for her is standing up to any and all bullies. We implore you to be kind to each other, to believe survivors, to stand up for survivors, to encourage, support and sympathize with them.

We ask you to stand with us, as we stand with Asia.


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Viola Davis on How Me Too Gives a Voice to Rape Victims of Color

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While introducing Me Too founder Tarana Burke at Variety‘s Power of Women luncheon on Friday, Viola Davis gave a passionate speech on how rape disproportionately affects black women and how Burke’s movement is helping the victims. While introducing Burke to the stage, Davis called her a hero. “A hero is a person who lives a life […]

Tarana Burke on Me Too Backlash: ‘We Have to Reframe the Narrative of This Movement’

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Tarana Burke is a lifelong activist who founded Me Too more than a decade ago — but the world didn’t know about the movement until Hollywood took notice. And Burke isn’t mad about it. Despite criticism on social media that Hollywood actresses have become the face of Me Too, glamorizing the movement at glitzy events […]

WrapWomen Launches Power Women Summit for 1,000 Leaders in Media and Entertainment

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AUSTIN, Texas – WrapWomen, the producer of TheWrap’s Power Women breakfast series, will convene a summit of 1,000 women in media and entertainment in November to inspire and empower them across the landscape of their professional careers and personal lives.

Actresses Mira Sorvino and Olivia Wilde along with A&E Networks CEO Nancy Dubuc and #MeToo Movement Founder Tarana Burke are among the speakers who will participate in the first ever Power Women Summit on November 1 & 2, 2018 in Los Angeles.

The Power Women Summit (http://wrapwomen.thewrap.com/) will take place in Los Angeles on November 1 & 2, 2018.

“We seek to connect the leading women of our Power Women Breakfasts nationwide and extend the spirit of achievement and excellence created at those boutique events at a national level,” said TheWrap’s Editor in Chief Sharon Waxman, speaking at the Power Women Breakfast in Austin during SXSW.

The Summit, produced under the auspices of WrapWomen will provide a full day of education, mentorship, workshops and networking to promote women’s leadership in entertainment and media and related professions.

The spirit of 5050by2020 is a driving force in all of the Summit’s programming and messaging.
An advisory board of influential women who represent the many facets of the entertainment and media industries will support the planning and programming of the event. They are:
  • Cathy Shulman, President, Women in Film

  • Stephanie Allain, Founder, Homegrown Pictures

  • DeeDee Myers, EVP, Worldwide Public Affairs, Warner Bros

  • Nina Shaw, Partner, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka

  • Keleigh Thomas Morgan, Partner, Sunshine Sachs

  • Melissa Silverstein, Founder & Publisher, Women and Hollywood

  • Cindi Leive, former Editor, Glamour

  • Susan Brooks, Founder, Forefront Partners

  • Kelly Bush Novak, CEO, ID

  • Beatriz Acevedo, Founding Partner and President, mitú

A number of non profit industry organizations have come on board to support the Power Women Summit including Women in Film, Women and Hollywood, Time’s Up, We Do It Together and International Women’s Media Foundation.

The Power Women Summit will integrate a significant philanthropic component to raise up women who would benefit from an extended hand.  WrapWomen will donate 10% of net proceeds to Times Up and other significant women-oriented nonprofits.

For more information about the conference including participation, programming or sponsorship please contact events@thewrap.com.

Contact: Kathy Selim
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Golden Globes: 5 Actresses Who Brought Activists to the Show (Photos)

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With the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement in full effect on the red carpet at this year’s 75th Golden Globe Awards show, several of Hollywood’s most powerful women brought activists as their dates. Actresses Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, and Laura Dern — among others — used their arrival to shine a light on the changing post-Weinstein culture. From #MeToo creator Tarana Burke to activist Monica Ramirez, check out who the stars brought along for the show.

Emma Stone brought tennis legend and gender-equality trailblazer Billie Jean King with her. King said it was “one of the highlights” of her life to attend on such an important night.

Michelle Williams showed up with #MeToo movement founder and civil rights activist Tarana Burke — who is also the senior director of the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equity.

Laura Dern brought Monica Ramirez (not pictured), Deputy Director for the Labor Counsel for Latin American Advancement. Dern said Ramirez’s letter, sent on behalf of 700,000 female farmworkers post-Weinstein, was “extraordinary,” and that she had to bring her along. “It’s time for us to make a difference, and everyone can make a difference and reach out and learn more at TimesUpNow.com,” added Dern.

Meryl Streep posed alongside Ai-jen Poo, an American activist and director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. “The Post” star said she thinks Katharine Graham would be “heartened” by the movement sweeping Hollywood and beyond for women’s rights. “She was a pioneer,” Streep said. “I think she’d be over the moon.” She added: “People are aware now of a power imbalance.”

Amy Poehler also posed with Ai-jen Poo on the red carpet.

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