Now, though, a federal judge has dismissed the harassment part of Ashley Judd's lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, saying it doesn't meet the standard for harassment under California law. In the suit, Judd claimed she'd rejected sexual advances from Weinstein in the 1990s, which Judd said marked the beginning of the end of her career at the powerful hand of Weinstein. "The only question presented by the current motion is whether the harassment that Plaintiff allegedly suffered falls within the scope of the California statute that she has sued under".
Judge Philip Gutierrez ruled in September that Judd could not claim sexual harassment because she did not have a professional relationship with Weinstein at the time. She said Weinstein continued to "lord that traumatic event" over her and would mention their "little deal".
"Nothing about today's ruling changes that Ms. Judd's case is moving forward on multiple claims", Ted Boutrous said.
Ashley Judd was one of Mr Weinstein's original accusers.
Ashley Judd speaks at Time's Up during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 28, 2018, in New York City. "The court makes clear that it is not determining whether plaintiff was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term, Gutierrez said, reported CNN".
The judge said Judd had "adequately stated a claim for defamation, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, and violation of the [Unfair Competition Law]", based on her allegation that Weinstein retaliated against her.
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Judd, one of the first women to come forward with claims about the once-powerful Weinstein, alleged that during a meeting to discuss future movie roles, Weinstein "appeared in his bathrobe, and, instead of discussing film roles, asked if he could give her a massage".
Judd says that after she rejected Weinstein's sexual advances two decades ago, he defamed her to "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson, hurting her career.
"The burden on Weinstein has the potential of being dramatically and unfairly negative if the stay is denied".
In May, Weinstein will stand trial in NY on five charges, including rape allegations from two other women.
Despite the setback, Judd's lawyer remains confident that the actress will prevail in her three remaining claims.
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.