Published: Fri, January 11, 2019

Court Judge Dismisses Portion Of Ashley Judd’s Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein

Court Judge Dismisses Portion Of Ashley Judd’s Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday dismissed actress Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claim against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

However, Ms Judd's claim that the Oscar-winning producer "blackballed" her after she refused his advances would still be heard, Judge Gutierrez said.

Judge Philip Gutierrez ruled in September that Judd could not claim sexual harassment because she did not have a professional relationship with Weinstein at the time. But the judge ruled that lawmakers had "modified, rather than clarified" the 1999 law, making it inappropriate to apply its new standards retroactively. In it she claimed that she lost out on multiple film roles because of Weinstein, including one in "The Lord of the Rings" franchise.

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

Judd originally filed the suit in April 2018.

The Oscar-winner has been accused of sexual misconduct from over 50 women, including Judd, since allegations of his bad behaviour hit headlines in exposes in October, 2017.

In a footnote to the ruling Gutierrez said he was not determining whether Judd was sexually harassed by Weinstein "in the colloquial sense of the term".


Weinstein's lawyers in July insisted Judd had struck a "deal" with Weinstein allowing him to touch her if she "won an Academy Award in one of his films".

However, he did rule that Judd, 50, can proceed with her defamation claim against the producer, who has been accused of sexual abuse by hundreds of women and is facing criminal charges in NY.

As previously reported, Judd has claimed that after she rejected Weinstein's sexual advances he blackballed her and director Peter Jackson didn't hire her, thereby hurting her career.

Weinstein's attorney in this case, Phyllis Kupferstein said 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". Weinstein has denied those allegations.

The disgraced producer - who denies the charges, which were brought by two women - will stand trial in NY later this year. Since then, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of varying degrees of misconduct, including harassment and rape.

Despite the setback, Judd's lawyer remains confident that the actress will prevail in her three remaining claims.

Weinstein vehemently denied trying to derail Judd's career, and in August, he filed a motion asking for the actress' case to be dismissed, declaring the accusations are based on unfounded speculation.

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