Actress Ashley Judd opened up about an incident that took place several years ago in which she says she was sexually harassed by a studio mogul. Declining to name the executive, Judd talked about the incident in an interview with Variety.
“When she was filming Paramount’s ‘Kiss the Girls’ in the late 90s, Judd was sexually harassed by a mogul from a rival studio, who kept summoning her to his hotel room under the pretense of talking about roles in his movies,” Variety reports. “The situation escalated until the mogul, who Judd declined to name, tried to get Judd to watch him take a shower.”
Judd called the executive “one of our industry’s most famous, admired-slash-reviled bosses.” She said that while she believed herself even then to be empowered, “I did not recognize at the time what was happening to me. It took years before I could evaluate that incident and realize that there was something incredibly wrong and illegal about it.”
Judd added: “He was very stealth and expert about it. He groomed me, which is a technical term — Oh, come meet at the hotel for something to eat. Fine, I show up. Oh, he’s actually in his room. I’m like, Are you kidding me? I just worked all night. I’m just going to order cereal. It went on in these stages. It was so disgusting.”
The actress said she eventually talked her way out of the situation, but she added, “I’ve never been offered a movie by that studio. Ever.”