Kentucky Wildcats super fan Ashley Judd fires back over hateful online posts

Actress and Kentucky Wildcats super fan Ashley Judd wrote an essay firing back at those who posted nasty comments and threats online after she tweeted that she thought Arkansas was playing dirty in its game against her alma mater.

Judd wrote in the essay, posted on Thursday, she routinely copies tweets that “sexualize, objectify, insult, degrade and even physically threaten me.”

But she writes, "this particular tsunami of gender-based violence and misogyny flooding my Twitter feed was overwhelming."

Judd told MSNBC in an interview that she planned to press charges if she could.

She wrote in the essay, "I must, as a woman who was once a girl, as someone who uses the Internet, as a citizen of the world, address personally, spiritually, publicly and even legally, the ripe dangers that invariably accompany being a woman and having an opinion about sports or, frankly, anything else."

Judd said the comments did not stop even after she took the tweet down.

"What happened to me is the devastating social norm experienced by millions of girls and women on the Internet," Judd wrote. "Online harassers use the slightest excuse (or no excuse at all) to dismember our personhood. My tweet was simply the convenient delivery system for a rage toward women that lurks perpetually."

The Associated Press contributed to this report