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Ashley Judd's harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein dismissed AGAIN

Ashley Judd's harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein dismissed AGAIN

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein got a win in court on Wednesday when a judge threw out actress Ashley Judd's sexual harassment suit against him.

Gutierrez previously said in September that the law upon which Judd's claim was based 'has never before been applied to an employer's sexual harassment of a prospective employee, and the court is not convinced that the statute was meant to cover such harassment'.

At a Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday, Judge Philip Gutierrez said that Ashley's allegations against Weinstein, 66, did not fall within the California statute under which she had filed the lawsuit.

The decision to dismiss Judd's suit against Weinstein was based on a law that took effect in 2018, which covered relationships between producers and actors. But when Ms Judd arrived, Weinstein "appeared in a bathrobe, and, instead of discussing film roles, asked if he could give her a massage", she claimed, according to court documents.

Representatives for Judd and Weinstein could not immediately be reached for comment on the ruling.

Ashley Judd was one of Mr Weinstein's original accusers.




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 judge said, however, that Ms Judd could proceed with a defamation claim in the civil lawsuit. "In doing so, it made clear that it was not determining whether Ms. Judd was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term", Judd's attorney told E!

Now, she's suing Weinstein, not just for the harassment in that hotel room business meeting two decades ago, but also for defamation, after the more recent revelation that after she refused his advances, Weinstein badmouthed her to director Peter Jackson, possibly costing her a role in his Lord of the Rings trilogy and also causing unknown damage to her reputation and career. We believe that we will ultimately prevail on her remaining claims'.

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

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". Dozens of women have accused the former Weinstein Company owner of varying levels of abuse, including harassment, assault, and even rape. He has denied the accusations, saying any sexual encounters were consensual.


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