Speaking out

Ashley Judd shares story of sexual harassment at hands of film studio mogul

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As part of Variety‘s Power of Women issue, Ashley Judd revealed for the first time her personal story of sexual harassment at the hands of a film studio mogul. “Here I was, a declared feminist,” said Judd. “I had completed a minor in what was then called women’s studies… And yet I did not recognize at the time what was happening to me.” She described how a studio boss invited her to dinner at his hotel, under the pretense of wanting her for one of his movies. When she arrived she found out he was actually in his hotel room. The scene culminates with him asking her to watch him shower. Not to ruin the surprise, but Judd refuses and leaves. She describes feelings of self-blame for not stopping things earlier by threatening him with police, but says she’s come to give herself credit for getting out of the situation. The first step to improving things for women, said Judd, is sharing their experiences: “Talking about it,” she said, “is essential to the process of becoming aware, accepting that this is reality and then ultimately taking action.”

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