Actress Ashley Judd is finally speaking out about being sexually harassed by a studio executive.
In an interview with Variety, the actress revealed that in the late ’90s, while she was filming “Kiss the Girls,” she was sexually harassed by a studio mogul from a rival studio who called her to his hotel room under the appearance of discussing roles for her in his movies.
The mogul is “one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses,” said Judd. It took so long before she realized how truly wrong and illegal the situation had been.
The actress decided to get herself out of his hotel room after various requests for her to help him pick clothes or join him for meals–the unnamed man also asked her to watch him shower.
Ashley Judd states:
“In that moment, I told him something like, ‘When I win an Academy Award in one of your movies.’ He said, ‘No, when you get nominated.’ I said, ‘No, no, when I win an Academy Award,'” Judd states. “That was a small moment of power when I was able to contradict him and hold to my reality. And then I got out of there. And by the way, I’ve never been offered a movie by that studio. Ever. This is another part of the process. We internalize the shame. It really belongs to the person who is the aggressor. And so later, when I was able to see what happened, I thought: Oh god, that’s wrong. That’s sexual harassment. That’s illegal.”
Although, many years pass–Judd is wise and is capable of speaking out as she states:
“We’re all part of the problem, but we’re all part of the solution.”