Ashley Judd Reveals Sexual Abuse, Incest Suffered as Child in New Memoir

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In a shocking new memoir released today, Ashley Judd details a childhood wrought with lies, pain and sexual abuse. The title: All That Is Bitter & Sweet.

"My mother, while transforming herself into country legend Naomi Judd, created an origin myth for the Judds that did not match my reality," Judd writes.

"She and my sister were quoted as saying our family put the 'fun' in dysfunction. I wondered: 'Who, exactly, was having all the fun? What was I missing?'"

Ashley reveals that while her mother led her father, Michael Ciminella, on to believe he was the father of Wynonna, it was actually another man, Charlie Jordan.

The 42-year-old Kentucky native said that "there was always marijuana inside the house" and that her dad "was prone to taking hallucinogenics with friends."

When she was a toddler, her parents marriage dissolved, and Naomi's new man, who moved in, was an "abusive full-blown heroin addict with a criminal record."

"I was taught to believe that our lifestyle was normal and never to question it or complain. I loved my mother, but at the same time dreaded the mayhem."

Sadly, Ashley then recounts an experience with sexual abuse.

"An old man everyone knew beckoned me into a dark, empty corner and offered me a quarter for the pinball machine at the pizza place if I'd sit on his lap."

"He opened his arms, I climbed up, and I was shocked," she writes.

Then Judd adds: "He suddenly cinched his arms around me, squeezing me and smothering my mouth with his, jabbing his tongue deep into my mouth."

Shocking and depressing as this is, Ashley's candor in discussing it should help victims of similar abuse realize they are not alone, and are not to blame.

Here's a clip of Ashley discussing her past on Today this morning:

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That really is very horrible! Nobody she ever have to go through that ever! Im so sorry! I absolutly love Ashley Jude!! She is an amazing actress. And now after reading this I have wayy wayy more respect for her and on a whole other level! Ashly Jude your a wonderful & amazing women/actress! Dont ever let any1 tell you different! And Don't ever forget it either! Im really excited to get your book! Cant wait to actually get to read it from cover to cover! : )

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I love Ashley Judd, she’s a great actress and I respect her for not going to pieces publicly like some other actresses and actors have who have had rough childhoods; though I don’t blame them for having done so, I don’t hold them in high esteem as I do Ashley Judd. I’m looking forward to read her book, she’s one classy lady.

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thats horrible... :( i dont think its too extreme to say that ppl like her abuser shouldnt be put in jail- they should all be killed instead to help rid this world of all the filth...

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This is so sad to hear. She is such a beautiful person inside and out. Love her acting.

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