Ashley Judd revealed last week in a New York Times story that she had been sexually harassed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in a hotel room 20 years ago when she was making Kiss The girls for his studio Miramax.
The 49-year-old star’s report helped other women speak up and eventually the 65-year-old New Yorker was fired from the studio he helped create. Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and others have also recounted stories similar to Judd’s.
On Tuesday the beauty’s mother Naomi Judd, 71, made a comment on her daughter’s bravery when out with her husband Larry Strickland in Nashville, Tennessee. ‘I’m incredibly proud of her. There are many. Ashley was the first,’ said said.
Proud: Ashley Judd’s mother Naomi said on Tuesday in Tennessee she is proud of her daughter Ashley Judd for speaking out about how she was sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein
Scary: Judd revealed last week in a New York Times story that she had been sexually harassed by Weinstein in a hotel room 20 years ago
The country crooner wore a black vest over a red top and black slacks with flats. A black hat and umbrella kept the rain away. She was nicely made up with narrow black sunglasses.
Husband Larry waited patiently as Naomi made her comment.
Naomi herself has spoken out in her memoir, River Of Time, about the sexual abuse she endured as a child and as an adult.
She said in a 2011 interview: ‘This is such a personal thing but I think we’re willing to step out on faith and hope that it helps someone else to tell someone because there is a lot of shame and secrecy, and it shows that everyone in our family that this is affecting us [and] to watch out for the next generation.’
Her words: ‘I’m incredibly proud of her. There are many. Ashley was the first,’ said said
Stylish: The country crooner wore a black vest over a red top and black slacks with flats. A black hat and umbrella kept the rain away. She was nicely made up with narrow black sunglasses
And in 2011 Ashley had written in her memoir All That Is Bitter And Sweet that she had been sexually abused as a child.
Harvey was fired ‘by email’ from his own production company in the wake of a barrage of sexual harassment claims. And on Tuesday it was revealed his wife Georgina Champan of Marchesa had left him.
Last week, Ashley detailed an incident involving the Hollywood mogul for The New York Times in their bombshell investigation into Weinstein’s decades of alleged sexual harassment.
‘Thank you for being a part of this critical conversation,’ Judd told one supporter on Twitter after her story came out.
A close family: Judd attended the 70th Academy Awards (pictured) with sister Wynonna and mother Naomi
Judd thanked Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon who said on Twitter: ‘Huge respect for Ashley Judd and all the women who broke their silence for the article on Harvey Weinstein. Brave.’
She acknowledged Academy-award winner Patricia Arquette who wrote online: ‘I’m sure it wasn’t easy to come forward but in doing so you helped a lot of others who might not have been heard.’
Other high-profile supporters she thanked on Twitter include Heather Graham, Mark Ruffalo and Josh Gad.
Back then: In 1997 Harvey held on to Judd’s hand at an Oscar party in LA with Vince Vaughn in the background
The project she was working on: At the time of the harassment she was filming Kiss The Girls for his studio Miramax with actor Morgan Freeman
Judd, fresh off the success of her role in the film adaption of John Grisham’s A Time To Kill was in the middle of filming Kiss the Girls for Weinstein’s studio Miramax when she says she was called in for a hotel meeting with the movie tycoon two decades ago.
She said she felt uncomfortable almost as soon as she arrived, revealing that she ordered cereal from room service because it would arrive quicker than a hot meal.
Judd said she was asked to give Weinstein a massage and then a shoulder rub, both of which she declined while trying to get herself out of the room.
That is when he asked her to help him pick out his clothes for the day and then watch him shower.
‘I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,’ said Judd in the New York Times report.
‘It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.’
She eventually made her escape by joking that Weinstein would have to help her win an Oscar before she would be willing to touch him, stating that the prestige of working for his studio made it too difficult to forcefully shut down his harassment.
‘There’s a lot on the line, the cachet that came with Miramax,’ explained Judd.
She previously wrote about the same experience in 2015 for Variety without naming Weinstein, simply saying it was a studio mogul.
She had trouble too: Gwyneth Paltrow was also harassed by Harveyl here they are seen in 2002
‘I was with a bunch of other actors, and it was critical that it was actors: The exact same thing had happened to them by the exact same mogul,’ wrote Judd.
‘Only when we were sitting around talking about it did we realize our experiences were identical. There was a mutual strengthening and fortification of our resolve.’
She later wrote in that piece: ‘The ultimate thing when I was weaseling out of everything else was, “Will you watch me take a shower?” And all the other women, sitting around this table with me, said, “Oh my god — that’s what he said to me too.”’
Other women who have come forward to talk about Harvey are Asia Argento, Heather Graham, Cara Delevigne, Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, among others.
She has a story too: Angelina Jolie, seen in mid September, said Harvey came on to her when she was making Playing By Heart in 1998