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Ashley Judd can sue Harvey Weinstein for defamation, not sexual harassment, court rules

Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against the disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was dismissed by a federal judge on Wednesday.

(Reuters)

Ashley Judd will reportedly be allowed to pursue its defamation lawsuit against the disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, a judge ruled Wednesday, but her sexual harassment claim against the mogul has been dismissed.

Judd’s lawsuit stems from an alleged hotel encounter between himself and Weinstein, about two decades ago, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She claimed that she was eventually able to leave after allegedly striking agreement with Weinstein that if she snagged a much-coveted Academy Award, he would be allowed to touch her.

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Sometime after that meeting, the actress claims her potential casting in “Lord of the Rings” was thwarted when He, or a person within his company, Miramax, labeled her a “nightmare” on the set, THR reported. The revelation was reportedly only brought to her attention at the end of 2017 after director Peter Jackson announced during a interview.

While allegedly allowing the defamation and interference claims, Judge Philip Gutierrez elected to the dismissal of Judd’s sexual harassment claim, to determine that the California law she was suing under did not apply to the professional relationship that they and Weinstein had at the time of the meeting, according to The Associated Press.

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He may Judd a month to change and an attempt to revive that part of the lawsuit.

The ruling follows a court hearing a day that Weinstein wanted to all the accusations thrown, THR reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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