On the day she was honored among a group as Time’s Person of the Year for speaking out against Harvey Weinstein, Ashley Judd said in an interview that she also had a “personal experience” with journalist Charlie Rose, whom she previously had admired.
Judd made the comments about Rose in an interview with Matt Jones on LEX18’s Hey Kentucky! show. The mention of Rose came up when Jones asked Judd about how to look at people who did positive things or were admired before allegations came to light.
“Good people do bad things and bad people do good things,” Judd said. “There’s a little bit of good in the worst of us and there’s a little bit of the reverse of that.”
Judd, an actress, activist and University of Kentucky graduate, went on to say that sexual abuse and harassment is not about sex, it’s about power.
“Our society and culture teaches us that men have an entitlement to girls’ and women’s bodies,” Judd said. “There’s a chronic objectification of girls and women, so that facilitates otherwise good, decent, productive men who are contributing to society in doing things that are inappropriate with girls and women.”
After referencing fired “Today” anchor Matt Lauer and “systems of enabling” among his NBC colleagues, Judd brought up Rose.
“I thought that I admired Charlie Rose until I had a personal experience with him,” Judd said.
“Similar to what we’ve heard?” Jones asked.
“Absolutely,” she replied.
Judd did not go into specifics about what her experience with Rose was, but went on to discuss a time she attended a Charlie Rose weekend event in Aspen and was disappointed that only two women served on any of the dozen or so panels offered.
She said she recommended qualified women who could serve as panelists at future events and was not invited back the next year.
Rose was fired by CBS and PBS after a Washington Post report about allegations against him by several women.
Since a New York Times story led with Judd’s experience of sexual harassment by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was published, dozens of women have come forward to tell their stories of abuse.
Her willingness to speak out landed her on the cover of Time magazine’s Person of the Year issue alongside other women of what is now known as the #MeToo movement. The magazine dubs the group “The Silence Breakers.”