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Tuesday
Apr102012

Ashley Judd Attacks Media for Commenting on Her 'Puffy' Face

Mike Coppola/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ashley Judd has written a "puff" piece for The Daily Beast, assailing media outlets that have reported on her purportedly puffy face.

In her article, Judd links to an Us Weekly article published online last month that speculated that "injectable fillers" caused her face to appear puffier than normal.

Judd writes that while she normally avoids media reports about her, she felt compelled to respond in this case because "the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle."

Judd then proceeds to cite other examples of news outlets providing theories for why her face had undergone a transformation.

The Missing star concludes her piece in part by writing that such discussion about physical appearance -- not just hers, but others, too -- "affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self-image, how we show up in our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Apr062011

Ashley Judd Puts 'Shame' of Sex Abuse Back on Perpetrator

Mike Coppola/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ashley Judd told the women on The View Wednesday about the shame she experienced after being sexually abused by several men in her life, including a family member. 

"Sexual assault is common in this country -- every two seconds," said the actress, daughter of country singer Naomi Judd and sister of country singer Wynonna Judd.

"I know the shame," she said. "We keep it to ourselves in a secretive thing and we all need the courage to undo it. That's one of the things I learned in recovery."

She said the media was responsible for stereotypes about sexual abuse victims and "shaming women," referring to a recent case in Texas. "There's no such thing as consent for a child," she said.

"The perpetrators are shameless," said Judd, whose memoir, All That Is Bitter and Sweet, reveals that she was the victim of incest and abuse. In the book, she also writes about growing up in a dysfunctional family and her history of depression. She stepped away from Hollywood in 2004 to deal with her demons.

Judd said her mother had read parts of her book and her father had been "supportive" in helping her piece together the family biography.

She said she had never told her mother about the abuse.

"Things happened to me as a kid about which I never spoke," she said, referring to the man who had molested her.

Her survival strategies were focusing on her academic work. But in adulthood, those failed her, said Judd.

Today, she said she has a new attitude and doesn't blame her family.

"If I let myself, I could get a pretty robust resentment going," she said. 'By the grace of god, things work better today."

Judd made the audience laugh when asked if she could sing. "I can sing," she said. "But other things I do pretty damn well."

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