Ashley Judd Pressing Charges Over Rape Threats on Social Media
"Everybody needs to take personal responsibility for what they write and not allowing this misinterpretation and shaming culture on social media to persist."
Ashley Judd dared to tweet about a sports event, and people on Twitter responded with sexually violent threats against her. Now, Judd is pressing charges.
On Sunday, Judd accused Arkansas of playing dirty against Kentucky while she tweeted from the audience at the SEC Championship basketball game. "In my impassioned game moment, I said something that, if I were in a more calm state of mind, I might have phrased differently," Judd told MSNBC's Thomas Roberts on Monday. "I might have said, 'I feel really disappointed with what seems [like an] ultra-aggressive play.' Instead, I wrote, 'I think Arkansas is playing dirty.' "
"Well, apparently I'm a whore, I've been called a C-word," revealed Judd during the interview. "The way things happen on social media is so abusive, and everybody needs to take personal responsibility for what they write and not allowing this misinterpretation and shaming culture on social media to persist. And by the way, I'm pressing charges."
Judd spoke with Weekend Today's Craig Melvin about the tweets, elaborating on the verbal abuse.
"The amount of gender violence that I experienced is absolutely extraordinary," said Judd. "And a significant part of my day today will be spent filing police reports at home about gender violence that's directed at me on social media."
The actress tweeted about the abuse she received, which included threats of sodomy and criticism for speaking out about the hostility.
When when I express a stout opinion during #MarchMadness I am called a whore, c---, threatened with sexual violence. Not okay.— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 15, 2015
Example: I am mentally weak for not tolerating sodomy threats. "@AshleyJudd oversensitive liberals like are you that mentally weak?”— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 17, 2015
@twitter sending me a lot of these: "We’ve investigated/suspended the account you reported as participating in abusive behavior. "— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 17, 2015
Police Chief: Guys I need you to stop investigating that murder case & get over to @AshleyJudd's STAT; someone called her a cunt on Twitter.— Pin Head (@TomAdelsbach) March 17, 2015
@fjbar75 Condescending. Maybe we will learn new laws needed for social media. We will write them. Maybe we will learn existing laws do apply— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 17, 2015