Harvey Weinstein Accuser Ashley Judd Calls His N.Y. Conviction Overturn 'Unfair to Survivors'

“We still live in our truth. And we know what happened," Judd told 'The New York Times'

<p>Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock, Raymond Hall/GC Images</p> Ashley Judd; Harvey Weinstein

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Ashley Judd; Harvey Weinstein

Ashley Judd has spoken out about the recent overturning of Harvey Weinstein's 2020 convictions in New York State for rape and sexual assault.

In a statement to The New York Times, Judd — who was the first actress to go on record with allegations against the disgraced movie producer, 72 — said the court's decision "is unfair to survivors" of his crimes.

“We still live in our truth. And we know what happened," added Judd, 56.

The overturning of the convictions comes after Weinstein’s lawyer Arthur Aidala claimed that his client didn't receive a fair trial due to decisions of trial judge James Burke — in particular, allowing three women to testify against him whose allegations weren't included in the case, and permitting prosecutors to potentially confront him about his general behavior, The Associated Press reported. Aidala claimed that these decisions by Burke meant that Weinstein's character was on trial, rather than the allegations at hand.

<p>Etienne Laurent-Pool/Getty</p> Harvey Weinstein in Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2022

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Harvey Weinstein in Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2022

Weinstein was found guilty in February 2020 of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree in a New York City courtroom, The New York Times reported at the time. He was subsequently sentenced to 23 years in prison.

The disgraced film mogul was charged after being accused of forcibly performing oral sex on a woman in 2006 and raping another woman in 2013, PBS reported.

It is unclear at this time if Weinstein will face another trial in connection with these charges, but he will remain behind bars because of his 2022 convictions for sex-crimes charges in California.

During a separate trial that December, Weinstein was convicted of one count of forcible rape, one count of forced oral copulation and one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object in Los Angeles, the city's District Attorney's Office announced in a news release at the time.

He was sentenced to an additional 16 years in prison, the Los Angeles Times reported at the time. These charges stemmed from a 2013 assault, per the release.

Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock Harvey Weinstein
Erik Pendzich/Shutterstock Harvey Weinstein

Judd, meanwhile, was the first actress to go on the record with New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who wrote the article that led to Weinstein’s downfall.

“Ashley broke a silence that had persisted in Hollywood for a long time,” Kantor told PEOPLE in a joint interview with Twohey back in September 2019.

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Kantor added, “What’s remarkable about Ashley is her serenity. The way she made the decision to go on the record was that she went for a run outside and she prayed on it. She’s a Christian, and she decided that this was the right thing to do.”

Soon after the article ran, other actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow, went on the record with similar stories. The accounts of the actresses and dozens of other women caused Weinstein to be ousted from his company, and fueled the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.

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