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■ A fed­eral judge in Los

An­ge­les has dis­missed one sec­tion of Ash­ley

Judd’s law­suit against

Har­vey Weinstein, but the rest re­mains headed to­ward trial. U.S. District

Judge Philip Gu­tier­rez ruled Wednesday that

Judd’s sex­ual-harassment claim isn’t within the scope of a Cal­i­for­nia statute. Gu­tier­rez had al­ready re­jected the claim in Novem­ber but al­lowed Judd’s lawyers to amend it, then dis­missed it again. Gu­tier­rez said Judd’s al­le­ga­tions of defama­tion and eco­nomic in­ter­fer­ence can con­tinue. Gu­tier­rez’s 13-page or­der Wednesday made clear that he was mak­ing no judg­ment on whether Judd had been sex­u­ally ha­rassed by Weinstein “in the col­lo­quial sense of the term.” Rather, the ruling was lim­ited to whether a re­cent change in Cal­i­for­nia sex­ual-harassment law ap­plied to Judd. She has said in court fil­ings that Weinstein, ap­pear­ing in a bathrobe dur­ing a busi­ness meet­ing at his ho­tel in the 1990s, asked her to sub­mit to a mas­sage and watch him shower. Judd said that af­ter she re­jected Weinstein’s sex­ual ad­vances, he sab­o­taged her ca­reer. Judd attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr. said noth­ing about the ruling changes the fact that Judd’s law­suit is mov­ing for­ward, and her strong case re­mains in­tact. The 66-year-old Weinstein also faces crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion in New York. Weinstein has de­nied en­gag­ing in non­con­sen­sual sex­ual ac­tiv­ity.

■ Lady Gaga says she is sorry for her 2013 duet with R. Kelly in the wake of sex­ual-mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against the singer, ad­ding that she in­tends to re­move the song from stream­ing ser­vices. “What I am hear­ing about the al­le­ga­tions against R. Kelly is ab­so­lutely hor­ri­fy­ing and in­de­fen­si­ble,” she said. In a so­cial me­dia post this week, Gaga wrote that she had col­lab­o­rated with Kelly on “Do What U Want (With My Body)” dur­ing a “dark time” in her life as a vic­tim of sex­ual as­sault. She said she should have sought ther­apy or other help in­stead. “I think it’s clear how ex­plic­itly twisted my think­ing was at the time. If I could go back and have a talk with my younger self I’d tell her to go through the ther­apy I have since then so that I could un­der­stand the con­fused post-trau­matic state that I was in,” she wrote. “I can’t go back, but I can go for­ward and con­tinue to sup­port women, men, and peo­ple of all sex­ual iden­ti­ties, and of all races, who are vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault.” Life­time’s Sur­viv­ing R. Kelly se­ries, which aired this month, has brought re­newed at­ten­tion to the singer’s his­tory and al­le­ga­tions that he has sex­u­ally abused women and girls. Kelly has de­nied wrong­do­ing and in 2008 was ac­quit­ted on child-pornog­ra­phy charges.

Gaga and Kelly in 2013

Weinstein

Judd

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