‘Violence of people hiding behind phones:’ Men are suing those accusing them of harassment

Paris (CNN)A series of high-profile defamation cases have been brought against women in response to the outpouring of sexual misconduct allegations in the wake of #MeToo, and women’s rights activists say they could have a chilling effect on the movement’s future.

Last week, Sandra Muller, the woman who started France’s version of #MeToo, appeared in a Paris court, where she faced a defamation lawsuit brought by the man she accused of making lewd comments about her.
In October 2017, just days before the #MeToo hashtag went viral in the wake of allegations made against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein, Muller, a French journalist, shared her own story on Twitter using the hashtag #balancetonporc, which roughly translates to “squeal on your pig.”

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