The Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal is far from over, as Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd have elaborated on their experiences with the disgraced producer – in particular what went through their heads when his behaviour was first exposed back in October last year.
In a very powerful interview with Town & Country magazine, Salma Hayek and Ashley Judd open up to each other about Harvey Weinstein, including why Salma Hayek didn’t come forward with her story right away…
“You came to me about telling my Harvey story when the New York Times article was first being reported—and I chickened out,” Salma Hayek explained to Ashley Judd in the interview.
“You came to me about telling my Harvey story when the New York Times article was first being reported—and I chickened out.”
“It was a longer process for me because I had never dealt with it. It took me a couple of months in my head, because I had never told anyone. Just thinking about it weakened me emotionally.
“Penelope Cruz was really angry at me, because I didn’t tell her what was going on while it was happening. I didn’t realize Harvey was doing it to other people, too, so I thought, ‘why dump your stuff on someone and take away from their professional relationship with him?’
“At that time Harvey was doing the best movies. You told me that I could tell my story to the Times without giving my name. But I was going back and forth in my mind, yes and no. I felt so many things.”
She then told Ashley Judd that she was the reason she eventually came forward…
“The only reason I was able to finally do it was your loving hand,” she added.
“If it weren’t for you, this story wouldn’t have come out.”
“The only reason I was able to finally do it was your loving hand. If it weren’t for you, this story wouldn’t have come out.”
The interview took an interesting turn when Salma Hayek asked Ashley Judd if she thinks “such terrible behaviour ever warrants forgiveness” and AJ’s answer was not what we expected…
“Well, forgiveness is no favour,” Ashley Judd said.
“I do it for myself, and so I’ve already forgiven—it’s the easier way to live. I have to forgive myself for being young and vulnerable, for being in the room.
“But forgiveness, first of all, implies that I’ve judged someone, and that’s not a really healthy and appropriate place for me to be.
“I can certainly evaluate, but I guess the distinction I’m making is that condemnation is really not an energy that I want to keep inside of myself. Forgiveness just cuts those things—I can prosecute and forgive at the same time.”
We don’t think all the victims will feel the same way. We could be wrong, but we can’t ever see Rose McGowan “forgive” HW for his actions.