Ashley Judd is opening up about one of her more painful memories. The actress is telling a sad story she hasn't yet spoken about publicly.
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The Divergent star revealed she was sexually harassed by a studio bigwig while she was filming the 1997 flick Kiss The Girls, saying:
"I was sexually harassed by one of our industry's most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses."
She refused to name the man who allegedly made unwanted advances, but described the scary situation by claiming he "physically lured" her up to his hotel room:
"There was this whole process of bargaining — 'Come do this, come do this, come do this.' And I would say, 'No, no, no.'"
Ugh. That just makes our skin crawl.
Unfortunately, it only gets worse. The 47-year-old explained that the mogul wanted her to watch him shower. Disgusting. She said she was able to finally escape the room:
"In that moment, I told him something like, 'When I win an Academy Award in one of your movies.' 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."
We're glad she was able to get out before the incident escalated even further.
But she says refusing his request actually hurt her career:
"And by the way, I've never been offered a movie by that studio. Ever."
That's just despicable. And what's even sadder is she isn't the only actress to be treated this way by this man, explaining:
"This will be familiar to all the women to whom this has happened. I have a feeling we are a legion. 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. Only when we were sitting around talking about it did we realize our experiences were identical."
Ashley admits that she didn't realize that she had been sexually harassed for a while after the uncomfortable encounter.
But, we're absolutely applauding her bravery for coming forward and opening up about this terrible time.
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