Alyssa Milano has addressed the #MeToo movement after it was reported Asia Argento had been accused of sexual abuse by Jimmy Bennett earlier this week.
Bennett, 22, claimed he was 17 years old when he had sex with Argento, now 42. It was also reported that the actress agreed to pay the child actor $380,000 after his attorney said he intended to sue.
#MeToo activist Milano, 45, was asked about the allegations on Thursday’s “Good Morning America“, insisting: “People that have been abused can also be abusers, and that’s a sad fact.”
Jumping to the movement’s defence, the actress added: “In my view, it just means that the #MeToo movement is still strong and swelling, 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.
“That’s a testament that the movement is working. And there is progress being made.”
Milano also said the movement was about “holding people in positions of power accountable… whether that be power because you’re the CEO of a company or power because you’re a 30-year-old woman and you’re looking at a 17-year-old boy in a sexualized way.”
Milano’s comments come after Argento denied the allegations, insisting in a statement: “I am deeply shocked and hurt by having read news that is absolutely false. I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett.”
Bennett starred as Argento’s son in her 2004 film “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things” when he was just eight years old.