Ashley Judd's Sexual Harrassment Claim Against Harvey Weinstein Dismissed by Judge

  • Ashley Judd's Sexual Harrassment Claim Against Harvey Weinstein Dismissed by Judge

Ashley Judd's Sexual Harrassment Claim Against Harvey Weinstein Dismissed by Judge

She has accused him of defaming her in 1998 after what she claimed was his sexual advances a year earlier. In doing so, it made clear that it was not determining whether Ms. Judd was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term.

She sued Harvey under the legal theory "sexual harassment in professional relationship".

Ms Judd's lawyer Theodore Boutrous said of Wednesday's court ruling that it would not prevent her "moving forward on multiple claims".

A judge recently axed a portion of her suit against the disgraced producer, however, she'll still be able to pursue the claim that Harvey irreparably damaged her career using his influence in the industry. "The Court today dismissed only one of Ms. Judd's four claims for relief".

Judd originally filed the suit in April 2018.

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. She alleged Weinstein was responsible for her getting rejected for roles in such films as Lord of the Rings.

The judge said, however, that Judd could proceed with a defamation claim in the civil lawsuit.

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

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.

"We have said from the beginning that this claim was unjustified, and we are pleased that the court saw it as we did", she said in a statement, adding: "We believe that we will ultimately prevail on her [Ms Judd's] remaining claims".

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

Judd was among the first women in Hollywood to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct in a series of reports published by The New York Times and The New Yorker last October.

Weinstein, 66, also faces criminal prosecution in New York City and is the target of other criminal investigations. Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of rape and sexual misconduct that allegedly took place over decades.

Weinstein vehemently denied trying to derail Judd's career, and in August, he filed a motion asking for the actress' case to be dismissed, declaring the accusations are based on unfounded speculation.