Ashley Judd, one of the first actresses to go public earlier this month about producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged decades of sexual predation, has given new details of their encounters, including an agreement with him reached in desperation.
Speaking with Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America” Thursday, Judd, 49, recalled an incident she had described two years ago without giving names, in which she had a business meeting with Miramax co-founder Weinstein at a Los Angeles hotel. “I remember the lurch when I went to the desk and I said, ‘Mr. Weinstein, is he on the patio?’ and they said, ‘He’s in his room,’ and I was like, ‘You’re kidding me?’ “ she told Sawyer with an exasperated sigh.
Judd -- then in her late 20s, shooting her first starring role in a studio feature, Paramount’s “Kiss the Girls” (1997) -- said Weinstein asked if she wanted him to massage her, and when she declined asked if she would massage him. The producer, she said, “kept coming back at me with all this other stuff,” including to watch him shower. “I fought with this volley of ‘no’s,’ 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.”
Eventually, “I just said, ‘When I win an Oscar in one of your movies, OK?’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah, when you get nominated.’ I said, ‘No, when I win an Oscar.’ And then I just fled. … Am I proud of that? I’m of two minds. 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.’ “
At an event in 1999, Judd found herself sitting across a table from Weinstein, who told her, she said, “Remember that little agreement we made? Think I’ve got that script for you.’ … And I had come into my own. I had come into my power. I had found my voice, and I was coming right at him … he looked at me and he said, ‘You know, Ashley, I’m gonna let you out of that little agreement we made.’ And I said, ‘You do that Harvey, you do that.’ And he has spat my name at me ever since.”
Weinstein has denied allegations by more than 60 women, and has said any sex was consensual.