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Ashley Judd Says She Was Sexually Harassed by Studio Exec

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Ashley Judd speaks on stage during the Independent Lens "A Path Appears" panel at the PBS 2015 Winter TCA on Jan. 20, 2015, in Pasadena.

Nearly 20 years after it happened, Ashley Judd has come forward to talk about being sexual harassed by a studio exec.

In a column for Variety's Power of Women issue, Judd says she is one of many women targeted by the studio mogul. Judd says that, among other harassment tactics, the media mogul asked her to watch him shower.

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Of the abuse that occurred during the filming of her 1997 film Kiss the Girls, Judd says: "He was very stealth and expert about it. He groomed me, which is a technical term -- Oh, come meet at the hotel for something to eat. Fine, I show up. Oh, he’s actually in his room. I’m like, Are you kidding me? I just worked all night. I’m just going to order cereal. It went on in these stages. It was so disgusting."

Judd -- daughter of Naomi Judd and sister of Wynonna of legendary country duo The Judds -- goes on to explain the issues of internalization and shame that she struggled with before finding empowerment.

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