In her first televised since going public and sparking off the firestorm that is still sweeping the entertainment industry, actress Ashley Judd came out in detail on Good Morning America this morning about her sexual harassment allegations against the now disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Speaking with Diane Sawyer, Judd was quickly fighting back tears recounting her reaction to the accusations made against Weinstein over the past three weeks. After spending years fearing that no one would believe her (or care,) Ashley finally the made the decision to come out against Weinstein following a long, spiritual run.
Judd (of the famous Judd country music family) from there recounted how she left Kentucky and got into acting and met Weinstein. After taking small roles and starting to make a name for herself, Ashley eventual caught the eye of the then mega-producer. From there, like many actresses before and after her, Weinstein invited Judd (who was not warned about his history) to his hotel room for a “private business appointment.”
Having been sexually assaulted before, Judd was overwhelmed by a familiar feeling after entering Weinstein’s hotel room to almost instant “insistent pressure.” After asking for mutual massages and being rebuffed by Judd, Ashley realized that ‘no’ did not mean ‘no’ to Weinstein. Judd, in her own words, was frozen in panic and shame.
At one point, Weinstein asked her to watch him take a shower and she had to figure out how to escape the grossly awkward situation. After being propositioned more and more, Judd finally responded by storming out and shouting “when I win an Oscar in one of your movies, OKAY.”
Following the incident, Judd shared the story with her parents, agents and fellow actresses, though admittedly she wishes that she could have done more but couldn’t out of fear that “she wouldn’t be believed.”
“Shame, it’s a very important thing to talk about. We all do the best we can.” said Judd. Responding to Weinstein’s claim that Judd was a close friend, Judd responded by flatly, “No.”
Watch the video above via ABC.
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