Ashley Judd has been an outspoken member of the #MeToo and Times Up movements – and now she’s defending James Franco.
The Divergent star, who opened up about the abuse she endured from Harvey Weinstein in October, told Stephen Sackur, host of BBC’s HARDtalk, how she felt about James Franco’s response to sexual misconduct allegations during a visit to Late Night with Seth Meyers.
‘I think that what James said is terrific,’ she said.
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She continued, ‘And I think that we’ve all behaved, at a certain level, unconsciously, and done things that were insensitive, inappropriate, without necessarily understanding that they were.
‘I mean, we’ve all operated with a certain amount of tone deafness, and I like the culpability, and we have to have restorative justice.’
Franco has been accused of sexual misconduct by 5 women including ex-girlfriend Violet Paley and former students from his now defunct acting school.
Response: ‘I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back,’ he told Myers
He has denied all allegation through his attorney Michael Plonsker.
‘I have my own side of this story, but I believe in these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will hold back things that I could say just because I believe in it that much,’ Franco told Meyers when asked about the Tweets that allege sexual misconduct.
‘If I have to take a knock because I am not going to try and actively refute things then I will because I believe in it that much.’
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Truth: Judd added, ‘This is about men and women being all together and having a more equitable and just workplace, home life, social spaces’
Ashley added during her interview with the BBC host, ‘This is about men and women being all together and having a more equitable and just workplace, home life, social spaces.
‘I mean, we know that when women are empowered in the workplace and are in decision-making positions that workplaces have better financial outcomes and there’s less harassment when there is more diversity.
‘And it takes that kind of individual accountability to collectively make the change on a large scale.’