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The actress will speak with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer for an interview to air Thursday. Portions of the interview will air across ABC News, including on Good Morning America, World News Tonight With David Muir and Nightline, as well as ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio.
Judd’s account opened The New York Times‘ bombshell article, which detailed decades of allegations of sexual harassment and assault from eight women. The actress recalled how she had been sexually harassed in a hotel room at the Peninsula Beverly Hills two decades ago, when he met her wearing a bathrobe and asked if she would give him a massage or watch him shower.
“I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask,” Judd told the Times. “It was all this bargaining, this coercive bargaining.”
The actress, who had previously discussed the encounter without naming the Hollywood producer, also said it was necessary to come forward now. “Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly,” said Judd.
Since the Times‘ story was published on Oct. 5 — as well as The New Yorker‘s exposé a few days later, which includes accusations of rape — Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Co. and kicked out the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTA, while multiple criminal investigations on his behavior have been opened. Many others have also come forward with their own harrowing accounts with the producer, including Kate Beckinsale, Cara Delevingne and Minka Kelly.
Additionally, the two exposés on Weinstein have spurred others to come forward with their own accounts of sexual harassment and assault by other Hollywood figures, including Amazon Studios’ Roy Price, director James Toback, Loud House series creator Chris Savino and APA agent Tyler Grasham.
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