US judge dismisses Ashley Judd’s sex harassment claim against Weinstein

US judge dismisses Ashley Judd’s sex harassment claim against Weinstein

US judge dismisses Ashley Judd’s sex harassment claim against Weinstein

Judd says she didn't learn of a possible reason until 2017, when Jackson said in an interview that Weinstein had told him Judd was "a nightmare to work with" who should be avoided "at all costs".

And even though laws changed in 2018 to cover such relationships - directly as a result of the alleged actions of men like Weinstein - the judge further ruled that Judd's case here couldn't be applied retroactively.

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'.

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

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But he said Ms Judd may proceed to trial with separate allegations against Weinstein of defamation and economic interference, according to reports in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

Ashley Judd was one of Mr Weinstein's original accusers. 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 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. The judge said he wasn't determining whether Judd was sexually harassed by Weinstein "in the colloquial sense of the term". She alleged Weinstein was responsible for her getting rejected for roles in such films as Lord of the Rings.

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.

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He added: "While we respectfully disagree with the Court's decision as to the one claim it ruled on today, we look forward to pursuing the three claims for relief that the court has already ruled can move forward".

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

Ashley Judd supports Times Up on the Oscars red carpet. Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of rape and sexual misconduct that allegedly took place over decades.

Weinstein is now awaiting trial on other sexual misconduct charges.

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The disgraced movie mogul faces a variety of sexual misconduct and sexual assault accusations from more than 60 women, including such stars as Mira Sorvino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan and many others.

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