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Ashley Judd says she was sexually harassed by a powerful Hollywood exec: “This is an entrenched part of the reality”

 

salon.com – Anna Silman

In a new interview with Variety for their “Power of Women” issue, actress and women’s rights activist Ashley Judd shared a story about being sexually harassed by “one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-rivaled bosses” while shooting “Kiss The Girls” in the late ‘90s.

Judd describes being groomed by this so-called “mogul,” who she says lured her into his hotel room, asked her to help him pick out clothes, and then finally asked her to watch him shower.

“In that moment, I told him something like, ‘When I win an Academy Award in one of your movies,’” she recalls. “He said, ‘No, when you get nominated.’ I said, ‘No, no, when I win an Academy Award.’ 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.”

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