French #MeToo founder must pay thousands in damages after losing defamation case

A court in Paris has ordered the founder of France’s #MeToo movement to pay thousands of euros in damages for defaming a man by accusing him of making lewd comments about her.

In October 2017, French journalist Sandra Muller accused television producer Eric Brion of making the comments about her at a party and shared the details on Twitter, using the hashtag #balancetonporc, which roughly translates to “squeal on your pig.”
Ultimately, her story inspired thousands of others to share their experiences of sexual harassment and assault, catapulting France’s national discourse on sexualized violence into the global spotlight.

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