Reporter who broke Weinstein allegations: ‘Me Too’ movement ‘a test of social change’


One of the New York Times reporters who broke the story about allegations against now-disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein said Thursday that the “Me Too” movement is a defining test of social change.

“We wanted to reflect the complexity of Me Too,” Jodi Kantor told Hill.TV, referring to a new book she co-authored with fellow investigative journalist Megan Twohey.

“We think of it as both an example of social change in our time but also a test of social change in our time,” she added.

Kantor joined Hill.TV’s “Rising” alongside Twohey to discuss their new book, “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement,” which chronicles era of the Me Too movement.

Kantor emphasized that the movement still poses a number of challenges for journalists covering sexual assault and abuse allegations, including how far back accusations should be investigated, what accountability and punishment should look like and the scope of behavior under scrutiny.

“All three of those questions are very unresolved in the public sphere and they tend to all get mixed up with one another,” Kantor said.

Her comments come after Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh faced renewed scrutiny in light of a new allegation of sexual misconduct.

Last month, progressive Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) introduced a resolution calling for an impeachment inquiry into Kavanaugh. She said it was “deeply disturbing” that Kavanaugh had “this many allegations” against him.

Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford, an accusation he has repeatedly denied. He was later confirmed by the Senate in a contentious 50-48 vote.

—Tess Bonn

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