There was a time when people believed most celebrities lived perfect lives. But if 2017 has taught us anything, it’s that some of the most beautiful people in the world have the saddest of skeletons in their closets.
And many are not remaining silent about them any longer.
For example, actress Ashley Judd is one of more than 50 women who have come forward with sexual assault allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. And during a recent speech in New York, Ashley also opened up about some stunning sexual assault allegations that occurred much earlier, during her childhood.
“I was sexually abused the first time I was in second grade, and I’m a teller — Harvey knows that,” she said, according to People magazine. “I went straight to some adults and said, ‘This just happened, this guy molested me,’ and the adults said, ‘Oh, that’s not what he meant, he’s a nice old guy.’ There was another sexual assault I experienced when I was wearing a green and gold cheerleading uniform, which is all I know, which means I was in the 7th or 8th grade. This guy is a registered sex offender in a county that is contiguous to where I live in Tennessee, but I have no conscious memory of that assault whatsoever.”
Ashley, the sister to country star Wynonna Judd, went on to say that their mother Naomi Judd reported the incident, but Ashley still can’t recall the exact details of the alleged assault.
The Hollywood star made her remarks at the annual HOPE for Depression Research Foundation luncheon, where she was being honored with the HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy. Ashley said the childhood abuse contributed to her own difficult battle with depression.