Ashley Judd Calls Out Airport Security Worker for Inappropriate Touching

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Actress Ashley Judd recently took to Facebook Live to share with her fans an encounter with airport security that she felt was inappropriate. She says in the video that these are the kind of discrepancies that people often overlook, so she wanted to draw attention to the issue.

  • In her first video, Judd calls it "everyday sexism" as she explains how an airport employee called her "sweetheart" and said "nice dress."

    In the video, Judd said: 

    "So I was coming through security and a guy said 'Hey sweetheart,' and I said, 'I'm not your sweetheart, I am your client.' So I was already setting a boundary. When I was setting my things out, he said, 'Hey nice dress!' I didn't hear him say anything about the attire of any of the other folks in the entire line and I am in one of the most traveled airports in the world. I'm surrounded by lots and lots of other people dressed in lots of different kinds of dress."

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  • Judd also said the airport employee touched her, but she didn't give any details on where or how.

    Judd continues in the video:

    "I was speaking with one of his colleagues, she was saying, 'Do you have high heeled shoes,' and then guess what happened next? He touched me. I didn't see him touch anybody else. And I turned around and I said, 'That was unnecessary.'"

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    "By that time, you know, my skin was burning, my feet are burning. It's so hard to continue to set these boundaries when someone continues to push. And then for good measure, he just said one more time, 'Have a good day, sweetheart,'" she added.

  • She then followed up with a second video saying the manager apologized and said that employees are not supposed to behave that way.

    After Judd complained to the manager about the interaction, she claimed the manager said employees are trained to address everyone as "sir" and "madam" and they're not supposed to touch anyone.

  • Many people commented on the post to thank her for standing up for herself and for bringing "light to these important issues."

  • Some people thought she was being a bad Southerner for not dismissing the man's remarks.

  • Others also didn't think the employee did anything wrong and thought Judd completely overreacted.

  • But Judd was not afraid to respond to the negative comments either.

  • Well, no matter what the man's intentions were, we have the right to speak up when we feel uncomfortable. You go, girl.