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Kentucky fan Ashley Judd says she's suing Twitter trolls

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Posted at 10:40 PM, Mar 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-18 15:16:59-04

Like any Kentucky fan, actress Ashley Judd is used to a little pushback when she talks about her beloved Wildcats on social media.

But the response that her tweet during Sunday’s SEC championship game drew went entirely too far, the actress says, and now she’s planning to sue.

The outspoken Kentucky fan said she wishes she had phrased one particular Twitter post differently when she condemned Arkansas' “dirty play." Yet she says there was no call for the vulgar name-calling and threats of sexual violence she got in response to her tweet.

In an interview with Craig Melvin of “Weekend Today,” Judd said, “The amount of gender violence that I experienced is absolutely extraordinary … And 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."

Judd retweeted some of the obscene comments (too explicit to post here), and in an interview with Thomas Roberts on MSNBC, she said, "Well, apparently I'm a whore, I've been called a C-word ... The way things happen on social media is so abusive, and everybody needs to take personal responsibility for what they write and not allowing this misinterpretation and shaming culture on social media to persist. And by the way, I'm pressing charges."

She also said on Twitter, “Maybe we will learn new laws (are) needed for social media. We will write them. Maybe we will learn existing laws do apply.”