Actress ASHLEY Judd’s #MeToo moment is driven by her “commitment” to her young self.


Actress ASHLEY Judd’s #MeToo moment is driven by her “commitment” to her young self.

ASHLEY Judd was one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey weinstein of sexual harassment.

In early October, the New York times published reports of her and others accusing the filmmakers of decades of predatory behavior — a drive to promote a national dialogue around sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement. On the same day, weinstein apologized in a statement, telling the newspaper that he had “caused a lot of pain” with his colleagues. He was fired from the production company he co-founded three days later.

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Although Judd told Variety in 2015 that she had been sexually harassed by a powerful studio tycoon, she did not name Weinstein.

Recently, Judd, 49, and her friend Ted Klontz, 73, sat down to talk about what was going on in her head before and after she decided to give him a name.

“About six months ago,” Klontz said, “you called me and you said, ‘I’m going to do it.’ That means using your name exclusively for the New York times. “

“Yes, I remember,” Judd said. “I told my mother, she said, ‘honey, go get them’. And then, when I talked to my lawyer, she was of course worried that my head was falling, but she said, ‘ASHLEY, if you can’t do that, who can? ”


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“By the way, I was scared,” Klontz said. “I think I have a little bit of my father’s protective stuff, and I want to know if you can tell me where do you think that courage came from?”

“I think the courage comes from the little girl in my heart and my commitment to her,” Judd said. She said she was sexually harassed – her earliest memory was when she was 7 years old, when she was governor of Kentucky. She recorded these experiences in her 2011 memoir, all of which are bitter and sweet.


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At the time, Judd told two adults that she said she had put aside her claims about sexual abuse and told conents. “They said, ‘oh, he’s a good old man, that’s not what he meant. But the seeds I planted let me know when I felt wrong. ”

But she always trusted her instincts. “The great thing about this moment is that the world can finally hear it,” she said. “I’m not going to give me anything. All I can do is get the next good, right, honest thing, and give up the results.”

“It’s almost like you’re worried about what you’re spending,” Klontz said.

“Yes, that would be my honesty,” Judd said. “I think I really believe that in the long run, it’s a reward, and Harvey has given us a great gift in his own way. He’s been tortured for decades – it’s a funeral pyre and hope is the old way.

Klontz told Judd that when Judd told him she had been harassed by Weinstein, he regretted not taking action. “I didn’t do anything,” he said. “So now I’m going to make up for it, because I also have the opportunity to do something with it.”

“I appreciate these changes,” Judd said. “You’re out of trouble, and none of us knows what to do, and none of us knows what to do.”

“The thing you did was pull the last plug out of the dam by letting your name be used,” Klontz said. Since the New York times article began to run, dozens of women have accused weinstein of sexual misconduct.

Judd said, “we just opened the barn door and the horse has run out.” “I was surprised by the joy of the stampede, and I didn’t know it would be so happy.”

Produced by Jasmyn Belcher Morris for the morning edition.

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