Ashley Judd plans to press charges against Twitter trolls
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Actress Ashley Judd is easily one of Kentucky hoops' biggest fans, and definitely one of its most famous.
She knows the game as well as anyone, yet when she voices her opinions, she's usually met with instant backlash from the worst kind of Twitter trolls: misogynistic sports fans.
They went after her again during Sunday's SEC championship game, after she tweeted (from the stands, because she never misses a big game) that Arkansas was "playing dirty." The tweet has since been deleted, but not before Twitter trolls pounced on her for it.
This time, she decided she's had enough.
When when I express a stout opinion during #MarchMadness I am called a whore, c---, threatened with sexual violence. Not okay.
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 15, 2015
She immediately called out her attackers, retweeting one particularly obnoxious tweet as an example.
Judd later told NBC News that the "amount of gender violence that I experienced is absolutely extraordinary." She added that "a significant part of my day today will be spent filing police reports at home about gender violence that's directed at me on social media."
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Judd is the latest celebrity to actually go after internet trolls. Earlier this month, ex-MLB star Curt Schilling eviscerated two men who'd made lewd comments about his 17-year-old daughter.
Schilling called them out by name, said where they lived and worked, and threatened legal action. On that promise, Judd plans to follow through.
It's doubtful that it will stop them, but if celebrities continue to go after the trolls, maybe, maybe, someday it will make a difference.