In her first televised sit-down since she and more than 60 other women accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment, assault or rape, Ashley Judd opened up how she escaped his advances more than two decades ago. Judd spoke with ABC's Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America.
Judd, 49, claimed she'd never heard about Weinstein's alleged predatory behavior before agreeing to meet with him.
- "I had no warning ... I remember the lurch when I went to the desk and I said, 'Mr. Weinstein, is he on the patio?' and they said, 'No, he's in his room,’" she recalled. "I was like, 'Ugh, are you kidding me?' [But I went because] I had a business appointment. That's his pattern of sexual predation. That's how he rolled."
- "There's this constant grooming negotiation going on," she continued. "I thought 'no' meant 'no,’" she said, adding that Weinstein offered her a massage. "I fought with this volley of 'nos,' which he ignored. Who knows? Maybe he heard them as 'maybe,' maybe he heard them as 'yeses,' maybe they turned him on. I don't know."
- She said that he asked her to choose the suit he'd wear for the day, and recalls cowering while he asked her to join him in the bathroom. Finally, she says she extricated herself by offering to make deal with him, promising she would have sex with him at some point, but not right then.
- Judd told Sawyer: ["Finally I said, when I win an Oscar in one of your movies, okay? And he said, 'yeah, when you get nominated.' And I said, 'no, when I win an Oscar.'"] SOUNDCUE (:09 OC.. when I win an Oscar).
- Meanwhile Weinstein, who has denied all charges of noncensual sex, released a photo to GMA of himself and Judd at a Vanity Fair Oscar party, where he is holding her hand and Judd seems to smile at the camera. When Sawyer presents the photo, Judd says: "No. That's: Deny. Attack. Reverse the order of offender and victim."
- She then points to a different photo of them on the same night and describes the look on her face as "abject terror."
- But, despite all that, Judd says that if she could tell Weinstein anything, it would be: "I love you, and I understand that you are sick and suffering, and there is help for a guy like you, too."
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