Ashley Judd Thinks James Franco’s Response To Sexual Misconduct Claims Is “Terrific”

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“I think it’s fantastic to have the conversation, and starting to articulate and identify and have a gradient of behaviors—and understand that there is a spectrum of behavior—that’s so important,” she said. “You know, unless we talk about this, and tease each part of it out, we can’t understand what is unacceptable and what is. And we also need the lexicon for describing the behavior.”

Furthermore, Judd said she would only take jobs in which the male and female leads were paid equally and outlined how she would assess her career moving forward.  

“In addition to asking for 50 percent male-female participation below the line, which means all the crew members, including equal representation of men and women as department heads,” she said. “Because it’s behind the camera where we start telling the story that the story emerges on film.”

Judd accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment in a New York Times‘ exposé. While the actress said she is filled with “unmitigated, electrifying joy” that people are speaking out, she also said this isn’t the first time she’s experienced sexual misconduct. 

“I’m so happy. I’m so happy that it’s here,” she said about the movement. “I’ve been telling this story for a long time, since the moment it happened in fact, because you know my particular examples of harassment with Harvey Weinstein. I’m a teller—to use the word that Laura Dern used the other night on stage at the Golden Globes—I’m a tattler. And I was molested for the first time when I was 7 years old, and the first thing I did was go to a grown up and say, ‘Hey this just happened.’ And is so often the case, the grown-ups said, ‘Oh, he’s a nice old man. That’s not what he meant,’ but I somehow or another managed, Stephen, to stay absolutely authentic in my truth—that I knew that something terribly wrong had happened.”

“And I think that’s why I’m such a crusader for gender equality and for the full eradication of all gender and sexual-based violence,” she continued, “because I experienced it as a youth. I experienced it in Hollywood. It’s been the core of my humanitarian work for over 15 years. And now that this movement has collectivized and catalyzed and is here, it’s incredibly gratifying to me.”

Watch the videos to see the sneak peeks from Judd’s interviews.

Judd’s full interview will air on HARDtalk Sunday, Jan. 14 at 11:30 p.m. ET. It will then rebroadcast on Monday, Jan. 15 at 4:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on BBC World News.


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