Kentucky Democrats tricked the media into smearing Ashley Judd, a political adviser to the actress writes in the Daily Beast.

Ashley Judd was wronged, an adviser says. (Brian Bohannon/Associated Press)

Judd announced last week that she would not run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) after months of speculation about her plans. In the Daily Beast,  Jonathan Miller writes that a misinformation campaign by a small group of Kentucky Democrats helped doom Judd's nascent bid.

In particular, Miller says that an eyebrow-raising quote about sexual assault was a complete fabrication:

Such was the charge that Judd told a group of supporters at a private dinner in Louisville, “I have been raped twice, so I think I can handle Mitch McConnell.” [....]

The problem is, it never happened.

I was at that dinner and never heard her say anything remotely like that.

The quote first appeared in a Huffington Post report on Judd's political plans.

Miller also criticizes several news organizations for reporting that former president Bill Clinton was supporting Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes over Judd. ABC News later reported that Clinton was encouraging both Judd and Grimes to run.

Miller is a former state treasurer who ran against Gov. Steve Beshear in the 2007 Democratic primary before dropping out and endorsing his rival. He served as secretary of finance in Beshear's Cabinet until 2011.