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USA judge dismisses Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein

Judge dismisses Ashley Judd's sex harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein Judge dismisses Ashley Judd's claim against Harvey Weinstein
Lora Ball | 11 January, 2019, 22:46

Judd had accused Weinstein of defaming her in 1998 after she refused what she said were his sexual advances a year earlier.

Gutierrez took pains to say he "is not determining whether Plaintiff was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term", but only whether the incident fell under the scope of the statute her lawsuit cited.

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

"Nothing about today's ruling changes that Ms. Judd's case is moving forward on multiple claims", Boutrous said in a statement late Wednesday.

Judd, one of the first women to come forward with claims about the once-powerful Weinstein, alleged that during a meeting to discuss future movie roles, Weinstein "appeared in his bathrobe, and, instead of discussing film roles, asked if he could give her a massage".

She also said Weinstein told director Peter Jackson and his producing partner, Fran Walsh, not to work with Judd on the films, CNN reported.

As you'll remember, the case had been winding through the courts after Judd claimed Weinstein shut her out of Lord of the Rings after she turned down one of his alleged sexual demands. Her sexual harassment lawsuit was re-filed following a change in California state law after her initial claim was rejected by Judge Gutierrez in a Los Angeles federal court last September.

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

Despite "serious discussions to play a major role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy", court documents state, Judd wasn't cast in the film.

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".

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 has denied those allegations.

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. Since then, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of varying degrees of misconduct, including harassment and rape.

The disgraced producer - who denies the charges, which were brought by two women - will stand trial in NY later this year.

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.

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