Ashley Judd Speaks Candidly About Childhood Abuse in New Book

Continuing to plug her new book “All Things Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir,” Ashley Judd was spotted at Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue in New York City today (April 6).

The brunette beauty donned a pretty floral dress and signed books while meeting and greeting her fans.

In the book, Ashley slams P. Diddy and Snoop Dogg for being counterproductive figures used in the YouthAIDS campaign.

“YouthAIDS created hip public service announcements for TV and radio using popular local and international celebrities and athletes and was participating in the MTV World AIDS Day ‘Staying Alive’ concerts. Along with other performers, YouthAIDS was supported by rap and hip-hop artists like Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy to spread the message…um, who? Those names were a red flag.”

“As far as I’m concerned, most rap and hip-hop music — with it’s rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as ‘ho’s’ — is the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny.”

Yesterday Ashley Judd appeared on NBC’s “Today” show, where she opened up about her memoir to co-host Meredith Veira. The actress talks candidly in the new book, revealing that she was sexually abused as a child. She also writes about her past rocky relationship with her country star mom, Naomi Judd. (omg! news)

“First of all, my mother loves and adores me and my dad absolutely loves and adores me; they did then, and they do now,” Judd told Vieira. “We came from a dysfunctional family system that didn’t work very well. So, the kinds of things that happened to me are very typical and standard and indicative of a family system that doesn’t work very well.”

In the book, Ashley makes claims about past inappropriate incidences with her mom and step dad Larry Strickland, writing about being subjected to “a lot of loud sex in a house with thin walls”.

Meanwhile Naomi Judd issued a statement to “Today,” saying, “I love my daughter. I hope her book does well.”

Ashley’s mother and stepsister were back for another round of the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (April 3).

Both looking lovely, Naomi and Wynonna Judd paired up at the MGM Grand Garden Arena venue’s arrival area for press rounds before taking the stage to tend to their presenting duties.

The women have reunited for their final tour last year while inviting cameras from the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) to join them behind the scenes and on separate buses as they prepared for their first tour together in ten years.

Of the effort, 46-year-old Wynonna recently told People magazine, “[Our therapist] said, ‘It’s a true miracle how far you’ve come, and that you all are doing as well as you have [been doing].’ He said it’s one of the top moments in his profession to see us come as far as we have.”

Fans can catch the action as “The Judds” documentary series debuts on Sunday, April 10th from 9-11pm EST on OWN.

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