For the first time since the Harvey Weinstein stories have started to come out, Ashley Judd opened-up about her sexual assault experience, telling the story in full to Diane Sawyer.
Less that a month after telling the first story about the horrific Harvey Weinstein sexual assaults, actress Ashley Judd sat down with Diane Sawyer for a consistent interview, on Good Morning America.
Judd recalls the day she had a meeting with Weinstein at his hotel. They were supposed to meet on the patio, but the receptionist told her he was in his room. “I had a business appointment, which, as that is his pattern of sexual predation, is how he rolled.”
Even though she says she felt uneasy about it, she went up to his room. Things degenerated quickly, with Weinstein asking for a massage from her, with no success, though. He also asked if she wanted to watch him shower. “Volley of nos. Maybe he heard them as yeses. Maybe it turned him on.”
As she realized she could not flee the room easily from where she was standing and he was becoming frustrated, she bargained: “He kept coming back at me with all this other stuff and finally I just said, ‘when I win an Oscar in one of your movie, okay’. ‘When you get nominated’. I said, ‘no, when I win an Oscar.’”
After the incident, the actress says she informed other actors and agents about it, but they decided to ignore it.
Judd said that their “deal” lasted until a party in New York, after the premiere of “Double Jeopardy” (September 1999). After putting up with his harassment for much longer than she would have thought, she decided to give him a piece of her mind right then and there.
“I saw him, and Barbara Walters was right there, and he was across from me at a table and I had just reached the up with which I could not put”, she said adding that Weinstein let her out of the agreement. “He looked at me and he said, “you know, Ashley, I’m going to let you out of that little agreement we made.” She replied: “‘You do that, Harvey. You do that.’ And he has spat my name at me ever since. Cut a wide berth.”
When Sawyer presented her with a photo received from Weinstein, showing the two holding hands, like friends, Ashley Judd said she remembered that day very vividly and said he was the one who grabbed her hand for the picture. “I hoped I wouldn’t pass him, but I did and he obviously grabbed my hand.”
She continued: “It’s like the look on my face is abject terror. Like I can see it in my eyes.”