Journalist Says Courtney Love Grabbed Her Crotch — And Wants ‘Conversation’ About #MeToo ‘Double Standards’

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Journalist Frank Allready says his aim is not to “cannibalize or get him in trouble”, but to highlight double standards

Harold for Fendi Courtney Love, Frank Allardi; Daniele Venturelli / Getty Images

Journalist reflects on a past meeting with Frank Illardi Courtney Love In which the rocker groped her during a photo protest – and questioned what kind of behavior should be “canceled”.

on one of his episodes podcast quite obvious Allready, which aired on Thursday, made it clear that he did not intend to “cance out” Love, 58, but instead to shine a light on a double standard that #MeToo movement,

the host says he was working nightline When he was assigned to interview Love at Coachella about six to 10 years ago, he was about 24.

“I'm interviewing her in a room after that and she's like, Come hang out with us! So I do,” he recalls. “We take a picture together, and the second picture is complete, he grabs my crotch, goes really hard.”

Harold Julian for Fendi Courtney Love, Frank Allardi;  Daniele Venturelli / Getty Images

Harold Julian for Fendi Courtney Love, Frank Allardi; Daniele Venturelli / Getty Images

Ellaridi shared a photo of the moment, noting that he was “caught off guard” by the former Hole frontwoman's posse. When asked by his guest Nahko (a accused of sexual assault in ) if he wants to “cancel” love, Ilaridi explains that he does not, but finds the double standard interesting.

“That would never cross my mind, let alone go after him now, 10 years later,” he says. “He's a rockstar in my head, not to justify it or say it's okay, but in my mind, it would never occur to me to do that. [But] Maybe we should talk about it, is it because she's a woman and I'm a man?”

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Love's rep did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Allready states in People that her goal in telling the story was “not to quash or get in trouble, but to start a conversation about why these double standards exist between men and women.”

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Courtesy of Frank Ilaridi Courtney Love, Frank Ilaridi

Courtesy of Frank Ilaridi Courtney Love, Frank Ilaridi

He says, “Kourtney was anything but kind when I interviewed her, and I really think she was just playing a rockstar.” “She probably thought she was going to have a picture of this kid to show her friends and talk about years from now.”

He says he does not believe the singer's intentions were “predatory,” but notes that in the eye the men have been “canceled for less.”

“My hope is that we get to a place where we have open and honest conversations and give people a chance to grow and develop, instead of just accusing them and permanently locking them out.”

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Ellaridi says she is “fully aware” that she never felt threatened or threatened during her encounter with Love, but she knows things could have been different if she had been a woman and loved a man. Was

“With that in mind, I see why there might be a double standard where it's not the same, because I never felt threatened, or like she could get over me,” he says. “I was young, inexperienced and went along with it because people were watching and I thought it was what ‘cool' people do.”

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