Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment case against Harvey Weinstein has been dismissed by a Los Angeles judge

The defamation case continues

by Asfa Shakeel

Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment case against Harvey Weinstein has been dismissed by a Los Angeles federal judge, though the defamation case continues. 

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Harvey Weinstein attends the premiere of “House of Z” at Crosby Street Hotel on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Last year, Ashley Judd filed a claim against Weinstein for defamation, harassment and international interference. In court documents which Ashley posted to her Twitter, the actress revealed that she was in talks to play one of the characters in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Ashley said Weinstein killed the opportunity by telling filmmaker Peter Jackson that she was very difficult to work with.

Ashley Judd's sexual harassment case

Ashley Judd attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Her lawyers wrote in court documents, “The pathetic reality, however, was that Weinstein was retaliating against Ms. Judd for rejecting his sexual demands approximately one year earlier, when he cornered her in a hotel room under the guise of discussing businesses. Weinstein used his power in the entertainment industry to damage Ms. Judd’s reputation and limit her ability to find work.”

Weinstein’s team told E!, “The most basic investigation of the facts will reveal that Mr. Weinstein neither defamed Ms. Judd nor ever interfered with Ms. Judd’s career, and instead not only championed her work but also repeatedly approved her casting for two of his movies over the next decade.”

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The team added, “The actual facts will show that Mr. Weinstein was widely known for having fought for Ms. Judd as his first choice for the lead role in Good Will Hunting and, in fact, arranged for Ms. Judd to fly to New York to be considered for the role.”

The statement concluded with, “Thereafter, Ms. Judd was hired for not one, but two of Mr. Weinstein’s movies, Frida in 2002 and Crossing Over with Harrison Ford in 2009. We look forward to a vigorous defense of these claims.”

Judd wrote on her Twitter, “I am suing for economic remedy due to damage done to my career as a result of sexual harassment. Financial recuperation goes to @TIMESUPNOW @TIMESUPLDF so that American workers who experience sexual harassment & retaliation have help.”

Judd also talked about Weinstein to Diane Sawyer after accusing the producer of sexual harassment. Judd said, “What I would say to Harvey is, ‘I forgive you. I understand that you are sick and suffering, and there is help for a guy like you, too. And it’s entirely up to you to get that help. It’s just who I am. Frankly, it’s an easier way to roll through the world than the alternative.”

A Los Angeles federal judge has dismissed Judd’s sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein according to E!. The defamation case continues.

Ashley Judd's sexual harassment case

Ashley Judd attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

Judd’s lawyer told E!, “Nothing about today’s ruling changes that Ms. Judd’s case is moving forward on multiple claims. The Court today dismissed only one of Ms. Judd’s four claims for relief. In doing so, it made clear that it was not determining whether Ms. Judd was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term.”

The statement continued, “It even acknowledged that the common meaning of the words in the statute would encompass her professional relationship with Mr. Weinstein. Nevertheless, the Court ruled that the statute does not apply here.”

It concluded, 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.”

Weinstein’s rep said, “We have said from the beginning that this claim was unjustified, and we are pleased that the court saw it as we did, and we will ultimately prevail on her remaining claims.”

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Judd has not personally spoken about the outcome of the case.



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