UPDATE: A Los Angeles federal decide has dismissed Ashley Judd‘s sexual harassment declare in opposition to Harvey Weinstein, E! Information can affirm. The rest of the case, which features a defamation declare in opposition to the producer, can nonetheless transfer ahead, court docket paperwork present.
In a footnote included within the paperwork U.S. District Decide Philip Gutierrez states he was not figuring out if Judd was sexually harassed within the “colloquial sense of the time period.” As an alternative, the ruling is predicated on the discovering that her relationship as an actress with Weinstein was not lined below California regulation.
Judd’s lawyer advised E! Information in an announcement, “Nothing about right this moment’s ruling modifications that Ms. Judd’s case is shifting ahead on a number of claims. The Court docket right this moment dismissed solely one among Ms. Judd’s 4 claims for aid. In doing so, it made clear that it was not figuring out whether or not Ms. Judd was sexually harassed within the colloquial sense of the time period. It even acknowledged that the widespread that means of the phrases within the statute would embody her skilled relationship with Mr. Weinstein. However, the Court docket dominated that the statute doesn’t apply right here. Whereas we respectfully disagree with the Court docket’s determination as to the one declare it dominated on right this moment, we look ahead to pursuing the three claims for aid that the Court docket has already dominated can transfer ahead.”
Weinstein’s rep added in their very own assertion, “We’ve got stated from the start that this declare was unjustified, and we’re happy that the court docket noticed it as we did, and we are going to finally prevail on her remaining claims.”
Ashley Judd and her legal professionals are able to take Harvey Weinstein to court docket.
E! Information has discovered the actress filed a lawsuit in opposition to the Hollywood producer for defamation, sexual harassment and intentional interference with potential financial benefit.
In court docket paperwork posted onto Ashley’s Twitter, the Golden Globe nominee claims she was in talks with filmmaker Peter Jackson to play one of many main roles within the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Ashley alleges, nevertheless, that Harvey “torpedoed” the chance by telling Peter and his staff that she was a nightmare to work with.
“The pathetic actuality, nevertheless, was that Weinstein was retaliating in opposition to Ms. Judd for rejecting his sexual calls for roughly one yr earlier, when he cornered her in a lodge room below the guise of discussing companies,” Ashley’s staff claims in court docket paperwork. “Weinstein used his energy within the leisure trade to wreck Ms. Judd’s status and restrict her skill to search out work.”
In response to the lawsuit, a spokesperson for Harvey launched the next assertion to E! Information:
“Probably the most fundamental investigation of the information will reveal that Mr. Weinstein neither defamed Ms. Judd nor ever interfered with Ms. Judd’s profession, and as an alternative not solely championed her work but in addition repeatedly authorised her casting for 2 of his motion pictures over the subsequent decade. The precise information will present that Mr. Weinstein was broadly identified for having fought for Ms. Judd as his first alternative for the lead position in Good Will Looking and, in actual fact, organized for Ms. Judd to fly to New York to be thought of for the position. Thereafter, Ms. Judd was employed for not one, however two of Mr. Weinstein’s motion pictures, Frida in 2002 and Crossing Over with Harrison Ford in 2009. We look ahead to a vigorous protection of those claims.”
Whereas Ashley is demanding a jury trial in her court docket submitting, the actress defined what she would do with any monetary acquire from the lawsuit.
“I’m suing for financial treatment resulting from injury carried out to my profession because of sexual harassment,” she shared on Twitter. “Monetary recuperation goes to @TIMESUPNOW @TIMESUPLDF in order that American staff who expertise sexual harassment & retaliation have assist.”
After first accusing Harvey of sexual harassment within the New York Instances, Ashley sat down with Diane Sawyer the place she admitted to forgiving the producer.
“What I’d say to Harvey is, ‘I forgive you. I perceive that you’re sick and struggling, and there may be assist for a man such as you, too. And it is solely as much as you to get that assist,'” she stated. “It is simply who I’m.”
She added, “Frankly, it is a neater solution to roll by way of the world than the choice.”
(This story was initially revealed Tuesday, Could 1, 2018 at 4:19 a.m. PST)