Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claim against Weinstein dismissed

Esequiel Farfan
Enero 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.

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. Further, although the law was changed in 2018 to include producer/actress relationship, Gutierrez said it couldn't be applied retroactively.

But Gutierrez said that Judd's relationship as an actress with the film producer was not covered under the California statute she had sued under, nor under a 2019 amendment. "In doing so, it made clear that it was not determining whether Ms. Judd was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term", Judd's attorney told E!

Judd's sexual harassment lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein was dismissed, although her defamation suit against the disgraced Hollywood mogul can move forward.

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 allowed Judd to proceed with her claims for defamation and retaliation.

About a year after the alleged incident, Judd said she was seriously considered for a role in the "Lord of the Ring" trilogy, which she didn't get. We believe that we will ultimately prevail on her remaining claims'.

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

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

"Nothing about today's ruling changes that Ms. Judd's case is moving forward on multiple claims", said her attorney, Theodore Boutrous.

Judd appeared in Frida and Crossing Over which were distributed by Weinstein's companies (Miramax and The Weinstein Company) in 2002 and 2009 respectively.

Weinstein is to stand trial in May in NY on five charges - these include rape involving two other women.

Jackson confirmed in December 2017 that Weinstein had in the 1990s sought to discredit actresses who later went on to accuse him of sexual misconduct.

His five charges are 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.

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