Hollywood actresses are speaking out in mass numbers about their own sexual abuse encounters with movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein was co-owner and founder of the Miramax Films production house and reportedly a stout abuser of his position and power over the women he worked with.
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Ashley Judd Speaks Out Against Rape and Sexual Abuse in Light of the Harvey Weinstein Charges. There have been a slew of Hollywood actresses coming forward about the sexual abuse they endured over the years from the bigwig film producer. Judd has perhaps been one of the most vocal as she faces backlash for her story.
In Her Own Words. According to Judd, she was put in a very uncomfortable position for what was supposed to be a business meeting between herself and Weinstein. For starters, she says she realized upon arrival for the meeting that he intended to meet with her alone in his hotel room.
Ashley Judd. Judd's story has met criticism by many because she has admitted to offering sex to Weinstein in a supposed bid for an Oscar caliber role.
No Means No. Judd says she repeatedly told Weinstein no during their business meeting in his hotel room. She claims he made several advances toward her.
The Offer. After she fought off his numerous attempts to be physical, she claims she finally broke down and said "When I win an Oscar in one of your movies, okay?"
Her Reasoning. Judd told reporters she made the decision to offer up sex at a later date in an effort to avoid being raped in that moment. She felt threatened and in danger and made the move to get out of a dangerous situation.
The Backlash. Her story has sparked harsh criticism across the board. Political commentator Ann Coulter Tweeted, "Ashley Judd to Trump Voters: 'You voted for a p**** grabber!' Ashley Judd to Havey Weinstein: 'You can grab my p**** if I win an Oscar.'"
Other Critics. Yet even more critics claim she was simply doing it for the fame. One Tweeter even said, "What the h*** do you even do you stuck up c***. What are you famous for again.'"
She Felt Trapped. Judd has accepted the criticism and has continued to fight for being wronged. She's explained her reasoning as feeling trapped in his hotel room and doing whatever she could think of to get out of the situation.
The Lineup. The deeper the issue gets, the more Hollywood actresses come forward with similar stories of their own. In addition to Judd, Gwenyth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie have come forward with incidences of their own.
Show of Solidarity. The women (and men) have come forward in a show of solidarity. Actor Mark Ruffalo has Tweeted in support as well saying how "disgusted" he was at the deplorable behavior of a Hollywood executive abusing his power.
Recalling the Moment. According to Judd, after she made the offer to Weinstein to get out of the room, he clearly took her seriously. She noted the response as, "He was like, 'Yeah, when you get nominated.' And I said, 'No! When I win an Oscar.' And I just fled. I just fled," she said.
Years Later. Some years later, Judd says she ran into Weinstein at a Hollywood party. She told reporters he approached her and said, "that little agreement we made... (I'm) looking around for the material." She said he later continued by saying, "You know, Ashley, I'm going to let you out of that little agreement that we made."
Ashamed? In an interview, Judd was asked if she was ashamed of her actions that day. She told reporters, "Am I proud of that? I'm of two minds: The part that shames myself says no."
Good Job, Kid. She continued on saying, "The part of me that understands the way shame works says, 'That was absolutely brilliant. Good job, kid. You got out of there. Well done.'"