Ashley Judd Reveals She Was Sexually Harrassed on ‘Kiss the Girls’ Set
Ashley Judd says she was sexually harassed by a well-known movie mogul.
Judd, who was in her late twenties during filming for Kiss the Girls, says she was sexually harassed by a well-known movie mogul. She chose not to reveal his identity.
“I was sexually harassed by one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses. I was making “Kiss the Girls” at the time, and here I was, a declared feminist…yet I did not recognize at the time what was happening to me. It took years before I could evaluate that incident and realize that there was something incredibly wrong and illegal about it.”
During her time in between filming scenes for the movie, Ashley says he would invite her to his hotel room where he once even asked her to watch him take a shower. “[A] lot of the people will say, ‘Why didn’t you leave the room?’ which is victim-blaming,” she said.
“And I think that’s what’s happening in Hollywood with regard to female crew members, above-the-line and below-the-line talent, and pay disparity. We’re individually and collectively coming to a realization and acceptance that this is an entrenched part of the reality, and I think that talking about it is essential to the process of becoming aware, accepting that this is reality and then ultimately taking action.”
Ashley went on to say that although at the time she didn’t understand what was happening, she now considers herself to be empowered. “I beat myself up for a while. This is another part of the process. We internalize the shame. It really belongs to the person who is the aggressor,” she said.
The actresses finished by saying, “Healing comes in a lot of different ways. Some things require intensive, contained work. Some things could be resolved with a good run or punching bag or an interaction with the perpetrator, in which one is able to take one’s power back.”