US JUDGE DIS­MISSES ASH­LEY JUDD’S SEX HARASSMENT CLAIM AGAINST WEINSTEIN

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Afed­eral judge in Los An­ge­les 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, US 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. - Reuters

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