Ashley Judd ‘maliciously blacklisted’
THE #MeToo and Time's Up movements have given Ashley Judd a new lease on life.
Speaking to longtime pal and Frida co-star Salma Hayek in an interview for Town & Country magazine, Judd talked candidly about the Harvey Weinstein scandal and what it's been like to be accepted by Hollywood again after being "maliciously blacklisted" for years.
"I hope to have more opportunities now," Judd said. "I'm going to be doing a show on Broadway this fall. I was offered a romantic comedy. And that is the greatest amends that Hollywood can make to me for having maliciously blacklisted me for something that was patently false and promulgated by a sexual predator and alleged rapist."
Judd, 49, came forward in October and publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment in an explosive exposé by The New York Times.
She spearheaded the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, along with actor Rose McGowan and several others who accused the mogul of committing sickening acts while working on films together.
Judd and Hayek were both allegedly forced to do an all-nude sex scene together for Frida - under orders from Weinstein. Hayek outlined the incident in a Times piece published in December.
"The only reason I was able to finally do it was your loving hand," Hayek told Judd during the Town & Country sit-down. "If it weren't for you, this story wouldn't have come out," she said.
Thus is the case for countless women in Hollywood - many of whom have found the courage to speak up against their abusers in recent months.
"Now that I'm more connected to this community again, I feel a shift and a sense of real discovery about female alliances," Judd said. "My favourite conversation recently was with Joan Collins - what a gentle and lovely person! - who immediately started telling me about the sexual harassment she experienced when she was 17 years old on her first set."
Judd told Hayek that she feels "really loved and appreciated right now" - by both men and women.
"In these Time's Up meetings, when I speak I notice that everyone really pays very close attention to what I say," Judd said.