Lexington Herald-Leader - - From The Front -

A judge has dis­missed one sec­tion of Ash­ley Judd’s law­suit against Har­vey We­in­stein, but the rest re­mains headed to­ward trial.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Philip S. 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.

Judd at­tor­ney Theodore Boutrous Jr. says noth­ing about the rul­ing changes the fact that Judd’s law­suit is mov­ing for­ward, and her strong case re­mains in­tact.

Judd says that after she re­jected We­in­stein’s sex­ual ad­vances two decades ago, he sab­o­taged her ca­reer.

We­in­stein, 66, also faces crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tion in New York. He has de­nied en­gag­ing in non­con­sen­sual sex­ual ac­tiv­ity.

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