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U.S. judge dismisses Ashley Judd's sex harassment claim against Weinstein

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By Jill Serjeant

A federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday dismissed actress Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claim against movie producer Harvey Weinstein but said she could proceed with a defamation claim against him.

Judd had accused Weinstein of defaming her in 1998 after she refused what she said were his sexual advances a year earlier.

In her lawsuit, filed in April 2018, the "Double Jeopardy" actress accused Weinstein of smearing her reputation by discouraging director Peter Jackson from casting her in his blockbuster movie franchise "The Lord of the Rings."

Judd, one of the first women in October 2017 to publicly accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct, had accused the Hollywood movie mogul of sexual harassment in violation of a California law barring such conduct by a person in a "business, service or professional relationship" with another.

In a footnote to his ruling, U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez said he was not determining whether Judd was sexually harassed by Weinstein "in the colloquial sense of the term."

But Gutierrez said that Judd's relationship as an actress with the film producer was not covered under the California statute she had sued under, nor under a 2019 amendment.

“We have said from the beginning that this claim was unjustified, and we are pleased that the court saw it as we did. We believe that we will ultimately prevail on her remaining claims,” Weinstein's lawyer, Phyllis Kupferstein, said in a statement.

Judd's representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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

The disgraced Hollywood producer of movies like "Shakespeare in Love" has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women. He has denied the accusations, saying any sexual encounters were consensual.

Judd's lawsuit had alleged Weinstein "cornered her in a hotel room in 1997 under the guise of discussing business." When she refused his demands, he retaliated by making what she called "baseless smears" against her to "Lord of the Rings" director Jackson, and she lost a part in the movie.

Weinstein denied defaming Judd or interfering with her career.

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Why isn't he locked up? The evidence of him and another actress can be heard:

https://youtu.be/wEu7quzUsDk

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As the #metoo movement starts to collapse we will learn that it was no more than a bunch of failing actresses throwing a tantrum in a poor attempt to restart their careers

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Nothing to do with Metoo or whatever, thats his voice is it not?

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As the #metoo movement starts to collapse we will learn that it was no more than a bunch of failing actresses throwing a tantrum in a poor attempt to restart their careers

Like Cosby, right!

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Why isn't he locked up?

It's not over yet, Kenji. He might have got away with this one, but like Cosby, there are just too many accusations being made against this guy. Some of it will stick.

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He may be a seedy dude, but I suspect that many of these cases will collapse as so difficult to prove

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The reason is a technicality, as the article puts it:

In a footnote to his ruling, U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez said he was not determining**** whether Judd was sexually harassed by Weinstein "in the colloquial sense of the term."

But Gutierrez said that Judd's relationship as an actress with the film producer was not covered under the California statute she had sued under, nor under a 2019 amendment.

The judge is not determining anything. He's just saying she can't do it under the statute or amendment she's trying to do it under.

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@lostrune2

people don't read in that much details... and also they don't really care about facts. But thanks for pointing it out :)

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@Kenji The powers that be here seem intent on ignoring the obvious and the reality that exists in the United States. If you had ever spent a day in your life in the U.S. you would know. It is NOT racist to acknowledge that white privilege exists and it plays a HUGE factor in this case. Hardcore evidence in Mr. Weinstein's case and then it's dismissed. I may have to check to see if this website is run by FOX. Show some decency and allow an open forum, instead of censoring opinions that differ from your own.

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Why would his website be run by Fox?? lol

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What has Weinsteins alleged loutish behavior and power harassment and the fact that he has been perp walked and all got to do with white privilege?

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Think her defamation of him is much more widely publicized, so good luck with defamation suit - he'll sue for 100x more as his defamation we've all heard of. I don't recall reading or hearing on the news about how Ashley Judd isn't fit for Lord of the Rings.

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I guess I'm old fashioned - innocent until proven guilty

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Bigyen:

Don't recall with Cosby, but did one person accuse Weinstein and then after it went viral, dozens more popped up (on the bandwagon)? Or was it simultaneous?

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juminRhee:

It all started with a couple of exposes in the New York press and grew from there. I think the allegations against Weinstein are far more numerous and more serious than anything that's happened since, with the exception of Cosby. Also took a bit of guts to get things going against him, as he was so powerful in Hollywood.

I agree with your implication that it's been a bit of a bandwagon since then.

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