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.

Like this



11 January 2019
Derby County: Leeds United contacted over training ground 'spy'
Despite that they remain two points clear of second-placed Norwich City in the league table as they aim to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2003.

11 January 2019
RBG Won't Return to the Supreme Court Next Week
Ginsburg was discharged from a NY hospital on Christmas day after having two cancerous growths removed from her left lung. Ginsburg will continue to work from home next week, but she will participate through briefs and transcripts.

11 January 2019
Trump Says He's Eyeing Citizenship Path in Worker Visa Program
Trump campaigned for president on a promise to crack down on immigrants, who he said took jobs away from United States citizens. The president has threatened to call a national emergency if Congress doesn't reach an agreement to fund his border wall.

11 January 2019
SNAPSHOT: First Direct Evidence Stars Like Our Sun Turn Into Crystals
The core is then formed of a crystallized metallic oxygen interior, with a carbon enhanced mantle. But as the star cools, that fluid solidifies and creates a metal core.

11 January 2019
U.S. cancer death rate hits 25 years of decline, study says
The overall 27% drop in mortality rate translates into 2.6 million fewer deaths from cancer between the years 1991 and 2016. The data also showed that a disparity in death rates between black and white cancer patients appeared to be closing.

11 January 2019
Kevin Hart Won't Host The Oscars And Says He Won't Apologize Again
Speaking to Michael Strahan on Good Morning America , the Night School actor said: "It's hard to predict what can happen". So you have to come to a point where you know that you've given all that you possibly can.

11 January 2019
Gold holds steady as Fed rate pause bets weigh on dollar
Yields on two-year Treasuries rose to 2.49 percent, from a trough of 2.37 percent, but were still below those on one-year paper. The effect was apparent in the Australian dollar, which is often used as a liquid proxy for emerging markets and China risk.

11 January 2019
Google Assistant now comes with a real-time translator for 27 languages
The assistant will also allow Android and iOS users to check their flight simply by saying: "OK Google, check-in on my flight". Google Assistant might be pretty much a standard option for Android phones , but Google found another way to extend its reach.

11 January 2019
Tennis Australia defends Dunlop balls against Bernard Tomic accusations
Bernard Tomic has beaten Nick Kyrgios in the first career match between two of Australia's most temperamental tennis players. He added: "I know this Australian Open is going to be big as well. and I can do a lot better than I've done in the past".

11 January 2019
Rajasthan: Baby’s body split into two, hospital staff booked
The woman's relatives were informed and her husband filed a complaint against the Ramgarh hospital staff. The horrifying incident occurred on Monday at Ramgarh primary health centre (PHC) in Jaisalmer.