Ashley Judd's Sexual Harassment Claim Against Harvey Weinstein Gets Dismissed

Judd was one of the first women in 2017 to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct

However, the judge did permit Ashley to continue her part of the suit in which she claimed Harvey blackballed her from big projects including Lord Of The Rings from Peter Jackson. "The only question presented by the current motion is whether the harassment that Plaintiff allegedly suffered falls within the scope of the California statute that she has sued under". Further, although the law was changed in 2018 to include producer/actress relationship, Gutierrez said it couldn't be applied retroactively.

Gutierrez dismissed the claim from Judd's lawsuit, stating that California's sexual harassment statute does not apply to prospective employees and would-be employers, which was the case for Judd, who was not working for Weinstein at the time. But he said she did not make the case for sexual harassment under the civil code that was in effect when her suit was filed, noting, "The Court makes clear that it is not determining whether Plaintiff was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term".

However, Ms Judd's claim that the Oscar-winning producer "blackballed" her after she refused his advances would still be heard, Judge Gutierrez said.

In the ruling he said that while the American actress' sexual harassment claim would be dismissed, her defamation case against the movie mogul could still go ahead.

Reacting to Weinstein's win, his lawyer, Phyllis Kupferstein, said in a statement: 'We have said from the beginning that this claim was unjustified, and we are pleased that the court saw it as we did. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Despite the setback, Judd's lawyer remains confident that the actress will prevail in her three remaining claims.

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The actress' attorney, Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., also released a statement following the dismissal, which was first reported by TMZ on Wednesday.

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".

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

The Oscar-winner has been accused of sexual misconduct from over 50 women, including Judd, since allegations of his bad behaviour hit headlines in exposes in October, 2017.

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.

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

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