Actress Ashley Judd sat down for her first TV interview since coming forward with her story about Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment and rape by a slew of women.
Judd spoke to Diane Sawyer on “Good Morning America” about her experience with Weinstein, who allegedly asked her to come up to his room at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. She said, "I had a business appointment which is as — that's, you know, his pattern of sexual predation. That was how he rolled.”
Once in the hotel room, Judd was asked to give a message, pick out his clothes, and watch him shower, which she declined. She said, "I fought with this volley of ‘nos,’ which he ignored. Who knows? Maybe he heard them as ‘maybe.’ Maybe he heard them as ‘yesses.’ Maybe they turned him on.”
Judd also claimed she had to make a deal with him to get out, saying, "He kept coming back at me with all this other stuff. And finally I just said, 'When I win an Oscar in one of your movies, okay?' And he was like, 'Yeah, when you get nominated.' I said, 'No, when I win an Oscar.' And then I just fled."
Of her regrets about that night, Judd said, “And if I could go back retrospectively with a magic wand and say... ‘I wish I could prevent it for anyone always.' And, no, I don't know that I would have been believed. And who was I to tell? I knew it was disgusting."
As for what message she has for Weinstein, Judd said, "I love you and I understand that you are sick and suffering, and there is help for a guy like you, too, and it's entirely up to you to get that help.’"
Though many big names, like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, have come forward with their allegations against Weinstein, his rep said in a statement, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. He will not be available for further comments, as he is taking the time to focus on his family, on getting counseling and rebuilding his life.”