The Federal Court of Appeal ruled that Ashley Judd could in fact sue Harvey Weinstein for sexual harassment.
A lower court judge had previously thrown out a portion of the sexual harassment in the lawsuit, but allowed 52-year-old Judd to go to court with the film’s mogul for defamation.
The appellate court found that Weinstein, now 68, had power over the actress, which allowed her to file a lawsuit under California law.
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The De-Lovely star originally filed the lawsuit in 2018, claiming the producer joked about her in Hollywood, calling her a “nightmare” she had to work with after she refused to look at him in the shower and give him a massage after the 1990s. end.
Her legal team has filed a lawsuit under the law banning sexual harassment from individuals with professional power – not employers.
In the end, the courts ruled that because Judd did not work for the producer, her case remains.
“Weinstein had a unique position to use coercive force or leverage on Judd, who was a young actor at the beginning of his career at the time of the alleged harassment,” U.S. District Judge Mary Murguia wrote in an opinion. “Moreover, given Weinstein’s very influential and ‘inevitable’ presence in the film industry, it was a relationship that would have been difficult to break ‘without tangible hardship’ for Judd, whose livelihood as an actor depended on whether he was given roles.”
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Judd’s attorney explained that the lawsuit is about extending the law to the Hollywood landscape.
“This is an important victory not only for Ms. Judd, but for all victims of sexual harassment in professional relationships,” Judd’s lawyer Theodore Boutrous Jr. said in a statement. producers and others in powerful positions, even in the context of employment, and we hope that this claim will be made in court against Mr. Weinstein. “
The report for Weinstein did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Judd filed a lawsuit against Weinstein after director Peter Jackson revealed that the producer had warned him not to allow the actress into the “Lord of the Rings” franchise.
Her story, which she shared with the New York Times, was among those that helped #MeToo gain widespread attention.
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The case was adjourned pending the completion of his criminal trial in New York, where he was convicted of raping and sexually abusing two women.
Weinstein denies engaging in dissenting sexual activity.
The Associated Press contributed to this report