Judge dismisses Ashley Judd's sexual harassment suit against Harvey Weinstein

Judge dismisses Ashley Judd's sexual harassment suit against Harvey Weinstein

Gutierrez said because Judd's experiences with Weinstein came before the code's amendment, it could not be applied to her lawsuit.

The 50-year-old actress claimed that the 66-year-old movie producer kept her from a role in Lord of the Rings, and then blacklisted her from further movie roles, after she refused his sexual advances.

"It even acknowledged that the common meaning of the words in the statute would encompass her professional relationship with Mr. Weinstein", he added.

The judge said he was not determining whether Judd was sexually harassed by Weinstein "in the colloquial sense of the term".

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

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

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.

Judd's suit was filed in April.

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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.

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

In an attempt to leave the room, Judd says, she made a "mock bargain" with Weinstein, "suggesting that she would consider letting him touch her only if she won an Academy Award in one of his films".

"We look forward to pursuing the three claims for relief that the Court has already ruled can move forward", he also said.

Guiterrez's ruling on Judd's sexual harassment claim agrees with a previous ruling in July, which likewise determined that California law didn't apply, USA Today notes.

Weinstein is to stand trial in May in NY on five charges, including rape, involving two other women.

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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