Ashley Judd has joined the expanding list of women in Hollywood who claim to have been sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. The actress recently sat down for a very candid interview and spoke about her disturbing experience, and why she decided to finally come forward.
Just three weeks ago, Weinstein was publicly outed by an article written in the New York Times, where the Hollywood producer was accused of decades of sexual misconduct towards multiple women. Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lupita Nyong'o have all come forward and confirmed that they were indeed, victims of Weinstein and his inappropriate behavior.
Now, Ashley Judd is ready to share her story.
"I had no warning," Judd stated in her interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC News.
Nearly twenty years ago, Judd recalls that she went to meet Weinstein at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, assuming they would be meeting in a public area. When she arrived and asked for Weinstein, the concierge told her he was in his room. Though she had no warning or heard of any allegations against him beforehand, she went to his room because she had a "business appointment".
"That was his pattern of sexual predation. That's how he rolled," she stated. "I fought with this volley of 'no's. He ignored the 'no's. Maybe he heard them as 'maybe.' Maybe he heard them as 'yes'es. Finally, I just said, 'When I win an Oscar in one of your movies, OK?' He said, 'Yeah when you get nominated.' I said, 'No, when I win an Oscar.' And then I just fled," Judd told Sawyer. "Am I proud of that? I'm of two minds. The part that shames myself says 'no.' The part of me that understands how shame works says 'That was absolutely brilliant. Good job, kid. You got out of there. Well done.' It's a very important word, 'shame,' and it's a very important thing to talk about. We all do the best we can. Our best is good enough. And it's really OK to have responded however we responded," she continued.
When asked why she waited two decades to come forward with her story she responded: "Who was I to tell? I knew it was disgusting. Was I going to tell the concierge who sent me up to the room?"
Watch the entire interview below.
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