Ashley Judd details alleged sexual harassment by Hollywood mogul

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Ashley Judd Claims She Was Sexually Harassed by Major Studio Mogul


Ashley Judd is coming forward with new allegations against a Hollywood heavyweight.

The 47-year-old actress claims that she was sexually harassed by "one of our industry's most famous, admired-slash-rivaled bosses" while filming Kiss the Girls in the late '90s in a new interview with Variety. Judd declined to name the alleged offender, but the article states that he was "a mogul from a rival studio."

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"He was very stealth and expert about it," she says of the alleged encounters, claiming that he invited to her to his hotel to share a meal and discuss roles only to lure her up to his room instead.

"It was so disgusting. He physically lured me by saying, 'Oh, help me pick out what I'm going to wear.' There was a lot that happened between the point of entry and the bargaining," she said. "There was this whole process of bargaining -- 'Come do this, come do this, come do this.' And I would say, 'No, no, no.' I have a feeling if this is online and people have the opportunity to post comments, a lot of the people will say, 'Why didn't you leave the room?', which is victim-blaming. When I kept saying no to everything, there was a huge asymmetry of power and control in that room."

Judd claims that her situation was not unlike several other actors, whom she says have since swapped stories involving the mogul in question.

"The ultimate thing when I was weaseling out of everything else was, 'Will you watch me take a shower?' And all the other women, sitting around this table with me, said, 'Oh my god -- that's what he said to me too,'" Judd told Variety. "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. And by the way, I've never been offered a movie by that studio. Ever."

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Though Judd says she eventually reclaimed her power from her alleged harasser, publicly confronting him at the premiere of Double Jeopardy, she also says "I was really hard on myself because I didn't get out of it by saying, 'OK motherf***er, I'm calling the police.'"

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NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 15: Actress Ashley Judd attends the championship game of the SEC basketball tournament between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bridgestone Arena on March 15, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 14: Actor Ashley Judd attends a Semifinal Game of the SEC Basketball Tournament between Kentucky and Auburn at Bridgestone Arena on March 14, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Actress Ashley Judd enters the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on March 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 15: Actress Ashley Judd attends the championship game of the SEC basketball tournament between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bridgestone Arena on March 15, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Actress Ashley Judd enters the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on March 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 07: Ashley Judd watches the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena on March 7, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 67-50 to finish the regular 31-0. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Actress Ashley Judd enters the 'Today Show' taping at the NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on March 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 07: Ashley Judd watches the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena on March 7, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 67-50 to finish the regular 31-0. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Kentucky alumnae Ashley Judd, left, and former UK head coach Joe B. Hall are acknowledged during a time out in the second half against Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won, 81-63. (Jonathan Palmer/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 31: Actress Ashley Judd cheers on her alma mater the Kentucky Wildcats before the Wildcats take on the Louisville Cardinals during the National Semifinal game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on March 31, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 31: Actress Ashley Judd cheers on her alma mater the Kentucky Wildcats before the Wildcats take on the Louisville Cardinals during the National Semifinal game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on March 31, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Ashley Judd talks about her new ABC series and Kentucky basketball on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, 3/15/12, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) ASHLEY JUDD
LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 21: Ashley Judd acknowledges the crowd during the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Rupp Arena on January 21, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 3: Kentucky Wildcats fan and actress Ashley Judd looks on during the basketball game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Rupp Arena on December 3, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky defeated North Carolina 73-72. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Kentucky fan Ashley Judd wears her New Orleans style boah as she watches Kentucky beat Wake Forest 90-60 in the second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Louisiana, Saturday, March 20, 2010. (Photo by Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 13: Actress Ashley Judd cheers for the Kentucky Wildcats against the Tennessee Volunteers during the semirfinals of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 13, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 14: Actress Ashley Judd cheers for the Kentucky Wildcats against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the final of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 14, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
University of Kentucky fan Ashley Judd sings the fight song as the Wildcats face Alabama during SEC Tournament play on Friday, March 12, 2010. (Photo by Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)
Actress Ashley Judd greets the Wildcat prior to Kentucky's game with Connecticut in the second game of the men's NCAA Final Four semifinals at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, Saturday, April 2, 2011. (Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 20: Actress Ashley Judd cheers for the Kentucky Wildcats during the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 20, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kentucky fan Ashley Judd, middle, poses with the school's mascot during a time out against Georgia at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, on Saturday, January 29, 2011. Kentucky slipped past Georgia, 66-60. (Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)
Actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd was the 'Y' in the 'Kentucky' cheer at the game between Kentucky and North Carolina in Lexington, Kentucky on December 3, 2005. UNC won the game 83-79. (Photo by Brad Wilder/WireImage)
Actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd was the 'Y' in the 'Kentucky' cheer at the game between Kentucky and North Carolina in Lexington, Kentucky on December 3, 2005. UNC won the game 83-79. (Photo by Brad Wilder/WireImage)
LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 9: Actress Ashley Judd cheers on the Kentucky Wildcats during a game against the Kansas Jayhawks on January 9, 2005 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kansas defeated Kentucky 65-59. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd was the 'Y' in the 'Kentucky' cheer at the game between Kentucky and North Carolina in Lexington, Kentucky on December 3, 2005. UNC won the game 83-79. (Photo by Brad Wilder/WireImage)
CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Ashley Judd cheers for the Kentucky Wildcats from the North Carolina Tar Heels' student section during the game between the Tar Heels and Wildcats at the Dean E. Smith Center on November 18, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 9: Actress Ashley Judd cheers on the Kentucky Wildcats during a game against the Kansas Jayhawks on January 9, 2005 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kansas defeated Kentucky 65-59. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Earlier this year, Judd announced that she would be pressing charges against Twitter trolls whom she claimed threatened her with sexual violence after a seemingly innocuous tweet about a college basketball team "playing dirty" during March Madness. Just after, Judd penned a passionate essay titled "Forget Your Team: Your Online Violence Towards Girls and Women Is What Can Kiss My Ass."

In the op-ed, Judd writes about her own traumatic experiences of sexual assault.

"I am a survivor of sexual assault, rape and incest," she wrote on Mic.com's "Pass the Mic" series. "The summer of 1984 was tough for me. I experienced two rapes by an adult and systematic molestation from another adult, who also had another man in the room watching (I now understand this was to ensure he had a witness, in order to undermine me in the event I tried to report the incident). ... This January, I read three different things that freshly triggered an additional, very specific memory from age 15 -- an attempted oral rape by yet another adult man."

For more on Judd's powerful remarks, watch the video below.

Ashley Judd Writes Powerful Essay About Online Harassment and Her Own Abuse

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