Judge Dismisses Ashley Judd’s Sexual Harassment Case Against Harvey Weinstein

Lawrence Kim
January 11, 2019

The actress was hoping the "evaluative" meeting would cement her chances of landing big film roles - but when she arrived at the hotel, her lawsuit states, Weinstein was waiting for her in a bathrobe.

Ms Judd claims that after she rejected Weinstein's sexual advances two decades ago, he defamed her to Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson, damaging her career.

Ashley Judd was one of Mr Weinstein's original accusers.

She sued Harvey under the legal theory "sexual harassment in professional relationship".

The decision to dismiss Judd's suit against Weinstein was based on a law that took effect in 2018, which covered relationships between producers and actors.

This is the second time U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez has thrown out her harassment claim. Gutierrez noted in the decision that he was not ruling on whether or not Weinstein sexually harassed Judd "in the colloquial sense of the term", the news agency notes.

That part of her lawsuit states that "Weinstein used his power in the entertainment industry to damage Ms Judd's reputation and limit her ability to find work".

Judd had accused Weinstein of defaming her in 1998 after she refused what she said were his sexual advances a year earlier.

Weinstein's lawyer, Phyllis Kupferstein, responded by saying they saw future wins against Judd, in a statement to CNN: "We have said from the beginning that this claim was unjustified, and we are pleased that the court saw it as we did".

Judd's defense said they respectfully disagreed with the ruling.

"The burden on Weinstein has the potential of being dramatically and unfairly negative if the stay is denied".

"Nothing about today's ruling changes that Ms. Judd's case is moving forward on multiple claims", Boutrous said in a statement late Wednesday.

Judd appeared in "Frida", which was distributed by Weinstein's company Miramax in 2002, and starred in "Crossing Over", which was distributed by The Weinstein Company in 2009.

"I lost money. I lost status and prestige and power in my career as a direct result of having been sexually harassed and rebuffing the sexual harassment", Judd explained at the time.

In May, Weinstein will stand trial in NY on five charges, including rape allegations from two other women. He has denied all allegations of "nonconsensual sexual activity".

The disgraced movie mogul faces a variety of sexual misconduct and sexual assault accusations from more than 60 women, including such stars as Mira Sorvino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan and many others. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty.

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