‘The only reason’

Ashley Judd and Salma Hayek open up about why they came forward against Harvey Weinstein

Ashley Judd (L) and Salma Hayek attend the 2018 InStyle and Warner Bros. 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for InStyle)

In an interview with Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek asked her longtime friend about her thoughts on the #MeToo movement — as well as what drove her to speak up about the alleged harassment she suffered at the hands of disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Speaking with Hayek in the latest edition of Town and Country magazine, Judd said that she had thought she might be “ostracized” after sharing her story, but was pleasantly surprised to find herself actually reconnecting with the Hollywood community since she came forward.

“I’ve been telling this story — but the seismic shift is that now everyone is willing to hear it,” said Judd, noting that she had told her father as well as others in Hollywood about what happened soon after Weinstein attempted to coerce her into having sex with him.

“I feel a shift and a sense of real discovery about female alliances,” she added. “My favorite conversation recently was with Joan Collins — what a gentle and lovely person! — who immediately started telling me about the sexual harassment she experienced when she was 17 years old on her first set. And I feel really loved and appreciated right now.”

Actresses Ashley Judd (L) and Salma Hayek. (MIGUEL ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Hayek, for her part, said that Judd’s friendship and example was “the only reason” she was able to share her own story of being harassed and threatened by Harvey Weinstein.

“If it weren’t for you,” Hayek confided, “this story wouldn’t have come out.”

In the interview, Hayek and Judd also spoke about the bonds that forged their close friendship, as well as the institutional changes that they hope to see in Hollywood as a result of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

Read the full story at Town and Country magazine.

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