MeToo: Woman who started French 'squeal on your pig' movement sued for slander

MeToo: Woman who started French 'squeal on your pig' movement sued for slander

Sandra Muller started the #balancetonporc trend

Friday, January 19, 2018

The woman who started the French version of the #MeToo campaign is being sued for slander.

Journalist Sandra Muller created the #balancetonporc trend, which means 'squeal on your pig', encouraging many to speak out about sexual harassment they have suffered.

She announced yesterday (January 19) that the man she accused of making inappropriate comments towards her, in the tweet which started the movement, is suing her for slander.

The woman claimed in October that Eric Brion, a senior TV executive, told her: "You have big breasts. You are my type of woman. I will make you orgasm all night.”

Muller claims the man is requesting damages of €50,000 (£44,130) for defamation as well as publishing the ruling and €10,000 (£8,825) for legal fees.

She has now said she will “see this fight through to the end" and added: “I hope the trial will provide an opportunity to have a real debate about how to combat sexual harassment."

The journalist has also accused the man of “trying to silence me," according to France24.

In December Brion had admitted to making "inappropriate remarks" towards Muller during a party and apologised. But he claimed she'd created "ambiguity about what happened."

He also said the situation had made it difficult for him to work and he would rather have been taken to court than be trialled via the “court of social media."

A hearing date for the matter has not yet been set. Muller was listed by Time Magazine as one of its 'People of the Year' last year due to her role as one of the "silence breakers."