Ashley Judd has revealed that she too was sexual harassed by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein two decades ago, alleging that she only escaped his advances by making a “deal” with him.
Judd, who was a young actress at the time, said she had met Weinstein at his hotel suite for what she thought was supposed to be a business meeting. Instead, Weinstein repeatedly offered to give her a massage, and when she refused, he began demanding that she give him one instead.
“I thought ‘no’ meant no,” Judd recalled. “I fought with this volley of no’s.”
But as Weinstein refused to back down, she offered him a deal instead. She agreed to do what he asked, but only after “I win an Oscar in one of your movies.”
According to Judd, Weinstein then countered by saying she would submit after she got nominated for an Oscar.
“I said, ‘No. When I WIN an Oscar,’” Judd said. “And then I just fled.’
In an appearance on Good Morning America on Thursday, Judd admitted she had mixed feelings about how she handled the situation.
“Am I proud of that? The part that shames myself says, ‘No,’” said Judd. “The part of me that understands the way shame works says, ‘That was absolutely brilliant. Good job, kid, you got out of there. Well done!”
A few years later, Judd encountered Weinstein again. And that time, she said, she made it clear that their “deal” was never going to happen. Weinstein, she added, “has spat my name at me ever since.”
Watch Judd’s interview on GMA below.
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