Singer, Courtney Love Accused By Journalist Of Grabbing His Crotch Nearly A Decade Ago (Photos)
Courtney Love has been accused by journalist Frank Elaridi of groping him nearly 10 years ago.
The 58-year-old singer-songwriter allegedly groped him around ‘six to 10 years ago’, the Emmy-winning journalist revealed on an episode of his podcast, Quite Frankly, on Thursday.
The author also stated that by sharing this information now, he is not trying to ‘cancel’ the musician but rather open up a conversation about double standards.
The author recalled being assigned to interview the actress who is set to return to the big screen after a five-year sabbatical at Coachella when he was 24 years old.
At the time, the host said he was working for Nightline and had gone to the guitarist’s afterparty to meet up with her.
‘I’m at her afterparty interviewing her in a side room,’ he said while speaking to his podcast guest, Nahko. ‘And she’s like, “Come hang out with us!” So I do.
Elaridi shared the photo in question and added that he was ‘caught off guard’ by her surprising pose.
Then, he clarified that he does not want to ‘cancel’ her but wants to start a conversation about the double standard in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
‘That would never cross my mind to be like, “Let me go after her now, 10 years later”,’ he said.
‘She’s a rockstar in my head — not to justify it or say it’s OK — but in my head, that would never cross my mind to do that,’ he continued. ‘[But] maybe we should talk about it.’
He then prompted the question: ‘Is it because she’s a woman and I’m a man?’
Elaridi also told People that by opening about this encounter now, he is not trying to ‘get her canceled or in trouble, but rather to start a conversation about why these double standards exist between men and women’.
He also added: ‘Courtney was nothing but kind when I interviewed her, and I genuinely think that she was just playing the persona of a rockstar.
‘She probably thought she was going to give this kid a photo to show his friends and talk about years from now,’ he explained before adding that he did not think her intentions were ‘predatory’.
‘My hope is that we get to a place where we can have open and honest conversations and give people a chance to grow and evolve, rather than just accuse and cast them out permanently,’ he told the publication.
He also asserted that he is ‘fully aware’ that he did not feel threatened or unsafe during the encounter — which would be different if the roles were reversed.
‘With that in mind, I do see why there might be a double standard where it’s just not the same, because I didn’t ever feel in danger or like she could overpower me,’ he stated.
‘I was young, naive, and went along with it because people were watching and I thought it was what “cool” people do,’ he continued.
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