Judge dismisses Ashley Judd harassment claim

Judge dismisses Ashley Judd's sex harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein

Judge dismisses Ashley Judd's claim against Harvey Weinstein

The rest of Judd's case, which includes claims of defamation, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage; and a violation of California's Unfair Competition Law, all for Weinstein's alleged badmouthing of Judd, which she claims significantly hurt her career.

Judd had accused Weinstein of defaming her in 1998 after she refused what she said were his sexual advances a year earlier. She said Weinstein continued to "lord that traumatic event" over her and would mention their "little deal".

"The Court makes clear that it is not determining whether Plaintiff was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term", he wrote in his decision.

Last September, a federal judge ruled that the alleged sexual misconduct claim, stemming from a 1990s hotel room incident in which Judd has accused Weinstein of physically assaulting her, did not fit the definition of workplace sexual harassment.

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 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".

Judd's defense said they respectfully disagreed with the ruling. Also, the legislature apparently didn't specifically state that the "new" law can or should be applied retroactively, so he's not allowing Judd to cite it in her suit.

In 2017, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson said he had been considering Ms Judd for a role in the 2002 film but that she was "blacklisted" following conversations with the Weinstein Company. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

In October, Ashley opened up about the allegations for the first time, telling ABC Night Line that she had been invited to a breakfast meeting with Weinstein, but was allegedly pressured into giving him massages and watching him shower.

Ashley's lawyer, Theodore J Boutrous Jr, countered: 'Nothing about today's ruling changes that Ms Judd's case is moving forward on multiple claims.

Weinstein is facing charges of five counts of rape and sexual assault at a trial in NY later this year.

The disgraced Hollywood producer of movies like "Shakespeare in Love" has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women.

The former movie mogul has denied engaging in nonconsensual sexual activity. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty.

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