Ashley Judd will press charges against online trolls threatening her with violence

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Here are some photos of Ashley Judd in a Badgley Mischka gown at last night’s NYC premiere of Insurgent. Bedhead already covered the premiere photos here. Ashley looks good here, right? It seems like she’s stopped messing with her face.

Anyway, this is sort of a convoluted story, but let’s power through it. Ashley Judd is a long-time supporter of the University of Kentucky. Over the weekend, she attended a Univ. of Kentucky game. She tweeted something about the Arkansas Razorbacks “playing dirty.” As you can imagine, the people who live and die by their NCAA brackets took issue with her. Judd got a crazy amount of online hate for daring to care about her team and throwing some shade at another team. Judd was called names (c-word, bitch, wh-re, etc), she was threatened with sexual violence and more. So Judd – who is currently promoting Insurgent – spoke about the craziness aimed at her when she appeared on the Today Show. She says she’s pressing charges.

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Judd said: “Everyone needs to take personal responsibility. For what they write and not allowing this misinterpretation and shaming culture to persist. And by the way I’m pressing charges…The amount of gender violence that I experience is absolutely extraordinary. And a significant part of my day today will be spent filing police reports at home about gender violence directed at me on social media.”

I sometimes think Ashley Judd is full of it, but I’m #TeamJudd on this one. This is yet another example – in a very long line of “examples” – of how dangerous it is to be a woman online. I don’t know if the answer is to press charges against the online lunatics, but maybe it’s a start.

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  1. aims says:

    Good for her! Nobody should tolerate abuse.

    • Snazzy says:

      Yup! #TeamJudd

    • Boopbette says:

      This woman is stunning. Knock down drag out. It’s weird how when truly beautiful women appear in these threads…we ignore the obvious and don’t give props….but let some try hard troll with the face of Dorothy from Tootsie who gets coddled and who always has the bar lowered appear on this site…and its…’blah blah…she looks so good…she looks great…love the suit!…love the hair.’ Almost like they are trying to prop her up…giving compliments to someone whose unwell for support. It’s pathetic. Lol women are soooo obvious.

      • ella says:

        I know what you mean. There’s a difference between not body shaming someone and heaping false praise on them.

    • Tristan says:

      The anonymity afforded by the internet does not give anyone the right to bully another person. Online bullies deserve to be held responsible for their actions. Good on her

  2. Christin says:

    Not defending or excusing anyone here, but is it ‘gender violence’ or *threats* of said violence that she allegedly ‘experiences’ so often?

    Disclaimer: Every time I see her photo or name, regardless of topic, the first word that enters my mind is ‘ridiculous’.

    • Pinky says:

      This is absolutely gender based. What part of threats of rape is confusing to you? I personally can’t wait to see these dbags unmasked. People assume that it’s a bunch of kids but it’s more likely to be middle aged men hiding behind online personas, Michael Brutsch anybody?

      • Miran says:

        @pinky

        Yep, that’s what’s worst about it. It more than likely going to be men who are old enough to know better.

      • Christin says:

        Read her quotes. She leaves out the word ‘threat(s)’ (twice) and seems to be saying she is personally assaulted daily. Huge difference, not that either scenario is right.

    • dr mantis toboggan says:

      @christin your troll game is weak. 2/10

    • jammypants says:

      Simple question, do you ever see women threaten to rape or kill men online for harmless tweets? If the answer is no, then there you have it.

      • Christin says:

        Personally, I am no fan of Twitter, period. I have seen some ugly things on there, from both sexes (supposedly — because who knows who is actually hiding behind a screen name).

        My original post is apparently being read not as I intended. She states she repeatedly experiences *violence* versus alleged threats.

        Most media (including this site) are correcting it in their headlines. That is the one and only thing I am pointing out.

        For someone as word-oriented as she, I am surprised she made such a mistake.

    • Grace says:

      I think I get what you are saying. She equating “threats” with “actual violence” instead of “threats of violence.” A “threat” of rape which is horrendous is different than actually getting rape. So in that sense, she should have been more careful in her wording. Having said that, I think a “threat” of rape should be taken with the same level of seriousness as the actual violence which is what she was getting at.

      • Christin says:

        Exactly, Grace. The wording conveys a different meaning and could offend victims of actual violent acts. I am surprised she used the incorrect wording twice. Once could be oversight, but twice makes it sound purposeful.

        Given she’s promoting a movie, this publicity may be questioned in terms of timing (whether it truly was or not).

      • Hippo says:

        Actually, Ashley Judd is quite an active feminist, and gets hit hard by internet trolls. I think given the amount of hate she gets, that moves from just ‘threats’ to actual ‘violence’ because it would damage you psychologically.

  3. Allie says:

    Good, I’m glad she’s doing this. Filing a report may sound extreme, but so is harassing somebody because they made a comment about your sports team. People are so absurd.

    • mimif says:

      Yeah some of the comments on IG are so disturbing, even more so when you realize they’re coming from a 13 year old with 2 followers.

      • Kiddo says:

        I’m sorry mimif, if I was on that site, I would follow you and average the age of your followers higher.

      • mimif says:

        Lmao you are being such a right bitch today! :D

      • Kiddo says:

        I’m full of piss and vinegar, like that armpit stain. Or, at least, that’s what my investigation yielded, with no help from you sergeant!

    • Esmom says:

      People are absurd but I’m a little skeptical that what she’s doing will have any effect on anonymous internet trolling. I wonder if there’s precedent here. Has anyone been arrested/convicted/sentenced for threats like this? I guess trying to stop it needs to start somewhere…

      • Christin says:

        We had a local politician file charges over some derogatory comments posted in an anonymous forum a couple of years ago and nothing ever came of it.

        It was a potentially libelous accusation against the politician, but all the digging apparently came up null in terms of prosecuting someone. The publicity actually drew more attention to the accusation, and that’s about it.

  4. WendyNerd says:

    Something like this was inevitable. And I’m actually quite happy that someone— or, at least someone high-profile— is doing this. When you threaten someone with violence, rape, and murder, then that IS a threat and is not a matter of free speech. It is a matter of endangerment. There’s a certain point when trolls like this MUST be held accountable. And it needs to happen before someone makes good on those threats. I would rather have an actress press charges against some anonymous internet yahoos and send a message than allow us to become so desensitized that a horrible rape/murder happens. In light of some of the Gamergate/Anita Sarkeesian threats, yeah, a line officially has to be drawn and people need to be held accountable before people actually ARE brutally murdered. Either this is going to happen, or horrible violence is going to be committed at some point— maybe not toward Ashley Judd, but towards someone. Good for her.

    • lucy2 says:

      You perfectly expressed my thoughts on this. I don’t know if the charges will actually do anything, but if it helps stamp down some of the disgusting behavior with the threat of the person being exposed and held accountable, then it’s a very good thing.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree. Let’s see how threatening you are when you’re in a courtroom, Mr. Anonymous behind a computer screen. If you write it to someone, you should be held accountable. Good for her.

      • jammypants says:

        More than half these wusses would never have the guts to say such crap to women’s faces. I bet they feel so empowered with anonymity protecting them,.

  5. Louisa says:

    Good for her! I hope it becomes more common with women filing charges. The level of abuse and hate directed at women online is truly appalling.

  6. anne_000 says:

    If she’s going to spend her days filing police reports, then she needs to realize now that there’s an infinite pool of crazy people spending their days stalking celebrities’ social media, looking for reasons to post terrible things.

  7. I Choose Me says:

    Really threats of violence just for expressing an opinion about an opposing team? Is this seriously what our world has devolved to? I do agree that people need to take responsibility for what they post online but I’m not sure exactly what filing a Police Report will do. I can see the ignoramuses now, foaming at the mouth about Freedom of Speech while having no clue what that actually means.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, I seriously think this is what we have devolved to. It has seemed to me for a long time now that the internet/social media really brings out the worst in people. And don’t even get me started on the freedom of speech “defense” that’s sure to emerge.

  8. Listerino says:

    It’s never ok, online or otherwise, to threaten someone with rape or violence. I say good on her. We need to see more of this.

  9. Miran says:

    Good for her. If you take your sports that seriously, that you would threaten sexual violence on a woman for saying something no different than what thousands of other men would say with no more repercussion that being called a name, you deserved be legally called out on it.

  10. minx says:

    Team Ashley.

  11. INeedANap says:

    TEAM JUDD. Too often folks say, just ignore the trolls, they’ll go away. Except they don’t go away, they fester and escalate. I don’t think the charges will stick but as a symbolic opening move it’s brilliant and necessary.

    Enough. Free speech protects you from government persecution, but it excludes threats.

  12. Ginger says:

    #teamJudd especially because I just moved to Kentucky! 😄

  13. Feebee says:

    Well you gotta start somewhere. Ignoring the trolls clearly isn’t working. I hope her suit includes the providers of these forums who appear to turn a blind eye to their own fine print and allow comments to be unfiltered. if they can filter nipples they can filter threats of rape.

  14. Veronica says:

    Here we see the inherent difference in gender relations in society. Men voice an opinion on the Internet about sports and get into arguments. Women get threatened with rape.

  15. gia says:

    She must have J Lo and Jen Aniston’s plastic surgeon. Man, she looks amazing!

    That weird puffy face thing from a few years ago finally subsided. GORGEOUS!

  16. Snappyfish says:

    People take their sports WAY too seriously. The responses to her tweet were uncalled for & ridiculous. Knowing how crazy some people can be about their teams, one might realize that calling the play of a team “dirty” would provoke the masses to come out of the woodwork. With that aside and having no dog in this hunt for a UK basketball fan to throw shade at any other team is asking for it. That program has plenty of problems and shouldn’t be finger pointing at anyone.

    As for pressing charges. Good for her!! People need to understand the difference between saying “my team is great” is one thing but to threaten violence against anyone is not to be tolerated. Ever

  17. Bridget says:

    I am physically incapable of thinking Ashley Judd is anything other than an absurd blowhard.

    There is a LOT of bile spewed on the internet, but this isn’t news. Gamergate anyone? Personally, I would like to see forums like Twitter, Reddit, and on and on be far more concerned with the issue, but we’re talking about a widespread, institutional issue.

  18. Kelly says:

    she’s cool, really like her!!

  19. Teru says:

    This just showes how celebrities are out of touch with reality. They live in their bubble. And are shoked when accidently get glimse of real world.

  20. Iheartgossip says:

    So put twitter down, Mrs. You’re kinda old to be fighting via any social media. Come on MeeMaw, get off my lawn!

  21. Reality of Life says:

    There is no place for hate filled words, but the right thing to do is let society punish those with banishment. Her re-tweeting the words was more than enough to shame those who say such words. The same can be said for the same idiotic fraternity members from Oklahoma. Society should dictate it through public ridicule. Ms. Judd is making the rounds of talk shows talking about a controversy through some heat of the moment words, she herself even admitted making. Now what was said was wrong, make no bones about it.

    She has a platform as a successful actresses. Her using it for her Twitter words is absurd. One ask why I correlate the Oklahoma fraternity thing and Judd’s Twitter “attack”, both were disgusting examples of words used.

    But yet, where it the outrage? Where is the all the press intention for another event at Oklahoma? A football player punches a woman and breaks her orbital socket, yet the same OU president says the player deserves a second chance? The same OU president that allowed the university to admit a former University of Missouri football player that was kicked out of that school for dragging his girlfriend down a flight of stairs. I don’t see the outrage. I don’t see the media coverage. Where is all the press for this? Those were true actions.

    Where is all the press from Judd about song lyrics and movie content that is deplorable with it’s treatment of women? I don’t see her outrage on the talk-show circuit about either event there. One actual acts of violence committed by star athletes and the other an industry that turns a blind eye to such in wake of profit.

    You see, Ms. Judd, can get on a pedestal about some words sent to her via her Twitter account. She go in the front of the United Nations and talk about worldwide violence against women, yet as an entertainer and public figure, she does nothing about her own industry’s (yes lumping athletes into that as well) treatment of women.

    I guess this Twitter “attack” has done nothing in regards to, “oh by the way, I have a movie to talk about too”.