Ashley Judd criticized authorities for making her feel "like a suspect" while they grilled her as she clutched her mother's hand as she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Ashley Detailed The Happenings After Discovering Naomi Judd's Body
In an op-ed published in The New York Times, the Double Jeopardy star wrote, “I assume they did as they were taught,” referencing the officers who showed up as she held the “laboring body” of her mom and started interrogating her.
Ashley Judd, who discovered Naomi Judd’s body following her suicide attempt, added:
“It is now well known that law enforcement personnel should be trained in how to respond to and investigate cases involving trauma, but the men who were present left us feeling stripped of any sensitive boundary, interrogated and, in my case, as if I was a possible suspect in my mother’s suicide.”
The Heat actress shared that, upon discovering Naomi's body, she only wanted to “comfort” her mom, whose life “was fading” at the time. However, Ashley Judd said she felt it “mandatory” that she stay with the officers and answer their questions.
The sister of Wynonna Judd furthered:
“I gushed answers to the many probing questions directed at me in the four interviews the police insisted I do on the very day my mother died — questions I would never have answered on any other day and questions about which I never thought to ask my own questions, including: Is your body camera on? Am I being audio recorded again? Where and how will what I am sharing be stored, used and made available to the public?”
Ashley Judd divulged that she was adamant that the investigative file into Naomi Judd’s death remain private, including the interviews with the family members. She penned:
“This profoundly intimate personal and medical information does not belong in the press, on the internet or anywhere except in our memories.”
To recall, fans all over the world were shocked after learning that Naomi Judd died on April 30. The country singer had battled mental health troubles for years.
Naomi Judd’s Autopsy Report Confirms Death Details
Meanwhile, the Associated Press got an autopsy report regarding the death of country singer Naomi Judd last week, which corroborated what family members had previously reported about her cause of death. Judd, 76, committed suicide with a firearm on April 30 at her Tennessee residence.
A statement from the family released on Aug. 26 read:
"We have always shared openly both the joys of being family as well its sorrows, too. One part of our story is that our matriarch was dogged by an unfair foe. She was treated for PTSD and bipolar disorder, to which millions of Americans can relate."
Naomi Judd's autopsy, which is a public record in Tennessee, also revealed the presence of prescription medications used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder.
In a career spanning nearly three decades, Naomi and her daughter Wynonna Judd achieved 14 No. 1 hits. Naomi Judd passed away the day prior to her and Wynonna's Country Music Hall of Fame induction.
The family has requested privacy during their time of mourning and urged others in a similar predicament to seek assistance.
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