Ambra Battilana Gutierrez said: some people use the #MeToo movement “in the wrong direction.”
Victoria’s Secret model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, who spoke out against the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in 2015, said she hopes that her upcoming podcast, to prevent people from using the #MeToo movement “in the wrong direction.”
Gutierrez said the movement that the authority of women to speak out about the sexual misconduct they have experienced has “two faces” — that would be the end of a career, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday. Gutierrez, who is launching her new podcast “In Our Words” on Thursday, said she wants to give to people who feel they were wrongly accused a chance to put their side of the story.
“Some people use #MeToo in the wrong way,” Gutierrez, 26, said. “I have a feeling that #MeToo is for the collective benefit. Someone to talk bad about someone else to ruin their career is not good.”
“I’ve had many of my other friends, or movie directors or whatever and they came up on the lists and they lost so much work,” the model added. “The #MeToo movement has two different faces. You can really ruin someone if it’s not real.”
Great hypocrisy of one of Weinstein’s most vocal accusers?
Gutierrez made headlines in 2015 when they accused Weinstein of trying to force himself on her in his office in New York City. She previously told the New York Post that she was forced to go into exile, because no one believed her story. The model said that she suffered from depression and had struggled to find work until last year, when explosive reports detailed other women disturbing encounters with Weinstein.
They said that they are “justified” since the sexual misconduct allegations were made against Weinstein, who has previously denied any wrongdoing.
Despite suffering a barrage of negative reports for two years, Gutierrez said she “was never a #MeToo.”
“I was never a #MeToo, I was a ‘fight back,”‘ said Gutierrez. “I went to the police and everything. It is not that I went ’til it was safe for me to speak.”
Gutierrez worked with the New York City Police Department shortly after reporting the 2015 encounter. She met with Weinstein again, while wearing a hidden microphone and pulled the Hollywood producer to admit and apologize for groping her. The audio was published by the New Yorker in October 2017.
The model said that she knows a number of people that have already been damaged by allegations arising from #MeToo.
“You must be very careful of those things that you publish,” said Gutierrez. “I lived in my skin.”
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