'Victims can also be perpetrators': Ronan Farrow on the Asia Argento scandal
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'Victims can also be perpetrators': Ronan Farrow on the Asia Argento scandal

Ronan Farrow has touched on his views regarding controversial #MeToo actress Asia Argento while speaking at the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival on Thursday night.

While the investigative journalist declined to discuss the recent New York Times exposé about Argento in detail, he said it is a "straw man" argument to suggest women shouldn't be believed because they themselves have been accused of inappropriate behaviour.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Argento — one of the first women to go public with claims she was raped by disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein — had paid a former co-star hush money because she had allegedly slept with him when he was underage.

"Victims can also be perpetrators," Farrow said when asked about the case. "It absolutely doesn't undermine the allegations that keep coming forward.

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"Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault and harassment by dozens and dozens of women... this idea that misconduct by victims somehow also invalidates an entire conversation about sexual assault and harassment is not one I take particularly seriously."

While The New York Times first broke the Harvey Weinstein story, Farrow's subsequent story in The New Yorker about an alleged rape and secret recording helped seal the disgraced movie mogul's fate.

The stories were crucial in the global #MeToo movement, which saw numerous people share their stories of survival and multiple personalities in Hollywood investigated over sexual assault claims.

Woody Allen's estranged son Ronan Farrow.

Woody Allen's estranged son Ronan Farrow.Credit:Gilbert Carrasquillo

The reporter also touched on why he believes his sister, Dylan Farrow, when she claims she was molested by their famous father, Woody Allen, in the early 90s. "I like so many people of all genders went through a process of not wanting to deal with this," he said. "[But] I have to be proud of her for putting us in that inconvenient situation."

Farrow is currently touring Australia to promote his first book, War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence. He is also in talks to write a second book – this time a personal reflection on reporting on sexual abuse in Hollywood.