Ashley Judd: I Was Willing To Risk Everything In Standing Up To Harvey Weinstein

Katie Jerkovich Entertainment Reporter
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Ashley Judd said she was willing to risk “going to jail” or suffer “tremendous economic loss” in blowing the whistle on Harvey Weinstein.

“I have to know the hill on which I’m willing to die,” the 49-year-old actress shared Sunday during a panel discussion at the Sundance Film Festival. (RELATED: What Ashley Judd Would Say To Weinstein Now Will Surprise A Lot Of People)

(Photo credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

“And the hill on which I’m willing to die is equality, and if that means going to jail, being maligned, being defamed, having tremendous economic loss because I stood up to Harvey Weinstein — and it’s incalculable the amount of money I could have made that I didn’t — that’s the hill on which I’m willing to die,” she added.

The actress was one of dozens of women, including fellow actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, who broke their silence last year and accused the fallen movie mogul of sexual misconduct. Judd shared her story with The New York Times in a bombshell expose in October detailing several sexual harassment accusations against Weinstein.

During the event, the actress also talked about how she was asked at her very first screen test to take her shirt off.

“Well first of all, my first audition yielded a screen test and I was asked to take my shirt off,” Judd explained. “It was between another woman and me, and I said that isn’t about our acting, that’s about evaluating a pair of breasts. And the answer was not ‘no’ but ‘hell no.'”

According to Page Six, the “Double Jeopardy” star received a standing ovation at the event and at the end of her talk had a call-and-response affirmation session in which the crowd gathered chanted, “I am brave, I am loved, I am enough.”