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Kentucky-born actress Ashley Judd to receive award for helping to out Harvey Weinstein

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky-born actress Ashley Judd will be honored for "speaking truth to power" later this month.

According to a news release, the New York-based Women's Media Center will honor Judd with the WMC Speaking Truth to Power Award on Oct. 26 at Capitale in New York City.

The center's website describes it as, "a progressive, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to raise the visibility, viability and decision-making power of women and girls in media and, thereby, ensuring that their stories get told and their voices are heard." It was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan and Gloria Steinem.

The news release says Judd is being honored because she was the first actress to go on the record to share her story about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment. Judd permitted herself to be used as a named source in an investigative report published by The New York Times.

"It is crucial to call out those like Harvey Weinstein who misuse big power, and also to reward those who risk what small power they have by telling the truth," said Steinem in a statement.

"I would like to pay tribute to my friend Ashley Judd, who travels the world encouraging women and girls to tell the truth about being prostituted and sex trafficked, and who now has led global truth-telling in the most powerful way -- by example."

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