Ashley Judd has revealed that she tracked down and spoke with her rapist.
Speaking to the Healing with David Kessler podcast, Judd talked about the healing process following the sexual assault.
The actor, best known for her roles in Heat and Double Jeopardy, said: “It was crazy-making because I knew better. I was very clear, my boundaries were intact.
"I was already an empowered, adult feminist woman. And that this could happen under these circumstances was unconscionable [and] unforeseen.”
She then went on to discuss meeting with her rapist: “I tried to find him and he surfaced very easily, and to make a long story short, we ended up in rocking chairs sitting by a creek together.
"And I said, ‘I’m very interested in hearing the story you’ve carried all these years.’ And we had a restorative-justice conversation about that."
Judd added: “I didn’t need anything from him, and it was just gravy that he made his amends and expressed his deep remorse, because healing from grief is an inside job.”
Judd has previously described herself as a three time rape survivor and said that one of the assaults resulted in her becoming pregnant.
She has also said that she had an abortion as a result of the rape and recently praised being able to have access to an abortion: “I’m very thankful I was able to access safe and legal abortion because that rapist, who’s a Kentuckian – as am I, and I reside in Tennessee – has paternity rights in Kentucky and Tennessee. I would’ve had to co-parent with a rapist.”
Judd has also been outspoken about Harvey Weinstein and subsequently sued the former movie producer for sexual harassment and defamation. Weinstein denied defaming Judd.
In the UK, Rape Crisis offers support for rape and sexual abuse on 0808 802 9999 in England and Wales, 0808 801 0302 in Scotland, or 0800 0246 991 in Northern Ireland.
Watch below: Ashley Judd met with her rapist to help heal her 'grief'.