Judd says ‘deal’ freed her from We­in­stein

Week­end, October 27-29, 2017 Ac­tor comes clean in first on-cam­era ad­mis­sion Cul­ture

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Ac­tress Ash­ley Judd de­scribed dis­graced film mogul Har­vey We­in­stein’s sex­ual ad­vances to­ward her, which she said she es­caped by mak­ing a deal.

She was a ris­ing young ac­tress two decades ago who had ar­rived at the ho­tel suite of this pow­er­ful film mogul for what she thought would be a busi­ness meet­ing.

It wasn’t, she said in her first on-cam­era re­count­ing of the in­ci­dent, which aired Thurs­day on Good Morn­ing Amer­ica. Judd’s ac­count of the in­ci­dent three weeks ago in The New York Times was a key fac­tor in We­in­stein’s down­fall, and opened the door to an avalanche of ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against We­in­stein and oth­ers and a broader cul­tural dis­cus­sion of how women are treated in the work­place and be­yond.

NBC sus­pended Mark Halperin on Thurs­day af­ter CNN re­ported on the claims of five women who said the po­lit­i­cal jour­nal­ist ha­rassed them while he was an ABC News ex­ec­u­tive. Halperin, who co-au­thored the best­seller Game Change, apol­o­gized Wed­nes­day for what he called in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour. And for­mer Fox News host and best­selling au­thor Bill O’Reilly, who was forced out of the net­work in April af­ter sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions, saw his lit­er­ary agency cut ties with him.

Fall­out con­tin­ues to We­in­stein and the film pro­duc­tion com­pany he co-founded. The Lexus lux­ury ve­hi­cle brand said Thurs­day it was end­ing its part­ner­ship with The We­in­stein Co., which in­cluded spon­sor­ship and prod­uct place­ment in the com­pany’s Project Run­way tele­vi­sion show.

We­in­stein has been fired from the com­pany he co-founded with his brother and is now facing crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions in Lon­don, New York and Los An­ge­les.

ABC is spread­ing its in­ter­view with Judd through­out its pro­gram­ming Thurs­day, with seg­ments ex­pected to air dur­ing its nightly news­cast and its Night­line late-night show.

In the GMA in­ter­view, Judd said the busi­ness meet­ing in We­in­stein’s ho­tel room turned into a ne­go­ti­a­tion not about work, but about things the pro­ducer wanted the ac­tress to do to him.

We­in­stein first of­fered to give her a mas­sage, then, when she de­murred, asked her to give him one, she said.

“I fought with this vol­ley of nos,” she said.

Then she made a “deal.” She said she agreed to sub­mit to him, but only “when I win an Os­car in one of your movies — OK?”

“When you get NOM­I­NATED,” We­in­stein counter-of­fered.

“And I said, ‘No. When I WIN an Os­car.’ And then I just fled.”

Judd said she re­mains of two minds about how she han­dled the shock­ing sit­u­a­tion.

“Am I proud of that? The part that shames my­self says, ‘No.’ 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!’”

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!’ ash­ley Judd

Jor­dan StrauSS/InvISIon

ash­ley Judd said har­vey We­in­stein made sex­ual ad­vances to­ward her two decades ago.

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