US Judge Dismisses Ashley Judd’s Harassment Claim Against Weinstein

Last year Ashley Judd sued Weinstein for allegedly making career-damaging false statements about her after she rejected his sexual advances

Last year Ashley Judd sued Weinstein for allegedly making career-damaging false statements about her after she rejected his sexual advances

Gutierrez said because Judd's experiences with Weinstein came before the code's amendment, it could not be applied to her lawsuit. In the suit, Judd claimed she'd rejected sexual advances from Weinstein in the 1990s, which Judd said marked the beginning of the end of her career at the powerful hand of Weinstein. "The court makes clear that it is not determining whether plaintiff was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term, Gutierrez said, reported CNN".

U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez granted a motion from Weinstein's defense team to dismiss the harassment portion of Judd's lawsuit, agreeing that at the time of the alleged offense, the law cited in the suit did not cover producers such as Weinstein.

She claimed he further blacklisted her from other movie roles, too, and eventually sued him under the legal theory of "sexual harassment in a professional relationship".

Weinstein's lawyer, Phyllis Kupferstein, said: "We believe that we will ultimately prevail on her remaining claims".

But Judd's attorney, Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., said that this ruling does not upend Judd's complaint.

The Court today dismissed only one of Ms. Judd's four claims of relief. About a year later, Judd claims, Weinstein badmouthed her to director Peter Jackson, who had been considering her for a role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Judd filed to restore the claim in October, after California's Legislature amended the state's harassment law to specifically include directors and producers.

"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", the statement begins.

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.

Ashley Judd speaks at Time's Up during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 28, 2018, in New York City.

The disgraced Hollywood producer of movies such as Shakespeare in Love has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women. He has denied all allegations of "nonconsensual sexual activity".

Weinstein is facing charges of five counts of rape and sexual assault at a trial in NY later this year. He faces five felony charges: two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree and one count each of first-degree rape and third-degree rape. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty.

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