Actress Ashley Judd says she evaded Harvey Weinstein’s sexual advances by striking a “deal” with the Hollywood producer.
“I thought ‘no’ meant no,” she said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday. “I fought with this volley of no’s.”
“Am I proud of that?” Judd asked of the agreement. “The part that shames myself says, ‘No.’”
“The part of me that understands the way that shame works says, ‘That was absolutely brilliant. Good job, kid, you got out of there. Well done.”
Judd was describing an encounter she had with Weinstein two decades ago at a hotel suite for what she thought was a business meeting.
The actress said that Weinstein first offered her a massage instead, and then requested one from her when she declined.
Judd added that she refused to sit down during the incident, instead searching the floor plan of the suite to map out her escape.
The performer noted that she told Weinstein their “deal” would finalize only “when I win an Oscar in one of your movies – OK?”
“When you get nominated,” Weinstein countered, according to Judd.
“And I said, ‘No. When I win an Oscar,’” the star of movies including "Kiss The Girls" and "Double Jeopardy" recalled. “And then I just fled.”
Judd also revealed that she had dinner with Weinstein a few years later, only for the film producer to mention their past conversation.
Weinstein brought up “that little agreement we made” and claimed he was “looking around for the material.”
“You know, Ashley, I’m going to let you out of that little agreement that we made,” Judd said he later said.
“I had come into my own [by then], I had come into my power, I had found my voice,” she said of her response. “And I said, ‘You do that, Harvey. You do that.’ And he has spat my name at me ever since.”
Judd was among the first women to accuse Weinstein of sexually assaulting or harassing them earlier this month, a number now totaling dozens of people.
Weinstein has since been fired from the company he co-founded, and he is the subject of criminal probes in London, New York City and Los Angeles.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.