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

A judge has dismissed one section of Ashley Judd's lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein but the rest remains headed toward trial A judge has dismissed one section of Ashley Judd's lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein but the rest remains headed toward trial
Adrian Cunningham | 11 January, 2019, 22:45

Judd's defamation claim against Weinstein stems from a comment Jackson made in an interview following the flood of accusations against Weinstein in which he said the producer's company, Miramax, discouraged him from hiring both Judd and actress Mira Sorvino as part of what he described as a "smear campaign".

Ashley Judd arrives for the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. But the judge ruled that lawmakers had "modified, rather than clarified" the 1999 law, making it inappropriate to apply its new standards retroactively.

In September, the judge ruled that because Judd and Weinstein did not have a professional relationship established at the time, the star could not claim sexual harassment yet gave her time to amend her allegation.

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

In April, she filed a lawsuit alleging that Weinstein had damaged her career in retaliation for her refusal.

The actress has accused the disgraced producer of sexual misconduct and maintains he worked to sabotage her career when she spurned his advances.Though the harassment portion of her case against the former movie mogul can not proceed, her allegations of defamation will be heard in court next year.

Gutierrez's ruling said Judd's claims for defamation, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and violation of California's unfair competition law could proceed.

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Despite "serious discussions to play a major role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy", court documents state, Judd wasn't cast in the film.

Weinstein's attorney, Phyllis Kupferstein told ET in a statement: "We have said from the beginning that this claim was unjustified, and we are pleased that the court saw it as we did".

In response to the claims, Mr. Weinstein released a few different statements via his lawyers and spokespersons in which he claimed all allegations were false and the relationships were consensual.

Weinstein has denied engaging in nonconsensual sexual activity.

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

"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.

Weinstein, 66, also faces criminal prosecution in New York City and is the target of other criminal investigations.