American actress and political activist Ashley Judd has recently come forward with accusations of sexual harassment by a former studio executive. The alleged incident occurred while she was filming the 1990’s box office hit Kiss the Girls. Judd revealed this news for the first time in an exclusive interview with Variety magazine in honor of their power of women issue.
In her exclusive interview, the actress claimed sexual harassment by a film executive working within a rival studio. Judd claims that the unnamed mogul lured her to his hotel room under the assumption that they would be discussing movie roles. She was able to exit the hotel room unharmed but not before he berated her with inappropriate sexual comments and a request to watch him take a shower.
Along with her impressive film resume, Judd is a declared feminist with a minor in Gender studies. She claims that, despite this, she was still unable to recognize the seriousness of the issue at first and shares it now in an effort to be a part of a collective solution. Additionally, she maintains the importance of coming forward on these issues, citing it as the first step to accepting and taking action against these acts of harassment.
It took Judd years before she realized the gravity of the situation, and she is now newly empowered to help other women by sharing her experiences. Along with the details of the harassment, the actress speaks out against victim shaming and claims that she is among a group of many women who have experienced the same harassment at the hands of this individual. Together, as a group, they unite sharing almost identical experiences, vowing to set a precedence against this on behalf of all victims of sexual harassment.
Judd goes on to share that she originally blamed herself and was unsure she handled the situation correctly. Now that several years have passed and she realizes the gravity of the situation, she claims that healing is a journey and a process which occurs differently among everyone. In her case, facing reality and embarking on a journey of healing required time and intense work. Her interview and the entire empowering women’s issue in Vanity is aimed at empowering women to take their power back in these situations.