Naomi Judd Shares Her Reaction to Daughter Ashley’s Harvey Weinstein Allegations
When Ashley Judd decided to publicly share her experience regarding sexual harassment with Harvey Weinstein, the first person she turned to for advice was her mother, Naomi Judd.
In an interview with Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Joe Levy on Access Hollywood, Naomi opens up about how her daughter approached her before participating in an investigative piece by the New York Times detailing her disturbing experience with Weinstein. Judd was the first high-profile figure to come forward with her story.
“She came over and sat down and took my hand and said, ‘Mama, I need your opinion.’ She said, ‘I’m thinking of writing an article. Maybe I’ll give it to The New York Times about Harvey Weinstein,'" the elder Judd explains about what Ashley said to her. "She said, ‘You do remember everything.’ I said, ‘I remember everything.'”
Judd had confided in her mother years ago after an incident occurred in 1997 when Weinstein invited the young actress up to his hotel room for a breakfast meeting where he answered the door in his robe and asked her to watch him shower. Ashley immediately told her mother what happened.
“Right afterwards. She called and said, ‘You’re not going to believe what happened. Of course, I was so furious that something like that could happen to my kid and so furious about him," Judd says of her reaction to the upsetting situation. "I knew immediately. I said, ‘I’m going to go out there and cut off his penis.'"
Ashley attributes her strength in coming forward with her story to the support she received from her mother. “My mom gave me the encouragement to do this. She said, ‘Honey, go get ’em.’ She didn’t say it with aggression," Ashley tells Access Hollywood.
The actress is featured on the cover of Time's 2017 Person of the Year issue, alongside Taylor Swift, with the publication naming Silence Breakers as the most influential figures in 2017.
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