Ashley Judd released a statement on Wednesday regarding the tracking device she found on her car, but she didn’t go into detail about who is responsible or why.
News broke earlier this week that Judd’s sister, country star Wynonna, had placed the device on her car because of a “custody battle” between the two, though it’s not clear who is at the center of that battle. Judd filed a police report after a teenager who was driving her vehicle discovered the device through a repair shop. The GPS tracker was registered to a private detective named Janice Diane Swafford-Holt, who is allegedly in Wynonna Judd’s employ.
Ashley Judd said in a statement on her blog that since the news broke, the media has caused problems for law enforcement officials in her Tennessee town.
“The issue at hand is the illegal violation of my privacy in that a tracking device was secretly and unlawfully placed on my vehicle,” she wrote. “For my safety and that of everyone around me, I naturally filed a police report, as any citizen would and should. The media is unfortunately aggressively pursuing and publishing details, some of which should be private and confidential, such as my cell phone number, in their attempt to create salacious and divisive “news.” Our police station and town hall are being barraged with phone calls and emails, diverting them from their priorities in law enforcement and civic management, and taxpayer dollars are being wasted as well. A very fine career detective has been suspended for a moment of poor judgment for succumbing to media invasiveness. It is my, and everyone’s, responsibility to take routine action when any law is broken. I hope the law enforcement officials can continue to do their jobs in spite of media speculation, pressure and poor conduct. Thank you.”
Wynonna Judd has not released a statement on the incident yet.
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