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Judge dismisses Judd's sex harassment claim against Weinstein

Judge dismisses Judd's sex harassment claim against Weinstein”

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.

In her lawsuit, filed last April, Ms Judd accused Mr Weinstein of smearing her reputation by discouraging director Peter Jackson from casting her in his movie franchise The Lord of the Rings.

Ashley Judd was one of Mr Weinstein's original accusers. Further, although the law was changed in 2018 to include producer/actress relationship, Gutierrez said it couldn't be applied retroactively.

U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez granted a motion from Weinstein's defense team to dismiss the harassment portion of Judd's lawsuit, agreeing that at the time of the alleged offense, the law cited in the suit did not cover producers such as Weinstein. Gutierrez noted in the decision that he was not ruling on whether or not Weinstein sexually harassed Judd "in the colloquial sense of the term", the news agency notes.

The actress has accused the disgraced producer of sexual misconduct and maintains he worked to sabotage her career when she spurned his advances.Though the harassment portion of her case against the former movie mogul can not proceed, her allegations of defamation will be heard in court next year.

Ms Judd's lawyer Theodore Boutrous said of Wednesday's court ruling that it would not prevent her "moving forward on multiple claims".

About a year after the alleged incident, Judd said she was seriously considered for a role in the "Lord of the Ring" trilogy, which she didn't get. Weinstein has denied those allegations.

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.

"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", he added.

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 is facing charges of five counts of rape and sexual assault at a trial in NY later this year.

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.



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