A federal appeals court has ruled that Ashley Judd could actually sue Harvey Weinstein for sexual harassment.
A lower court judge had previously spent the sexual harassment portion of the case, but allowed Judd, 52, to sue the film’s mogul for defamation.
The appeals court found that Weinstein, now 68, had power over the plaintiff who made her eligible to pursue the lawsuit under California law.
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The “De-Lovely” star originally filed the lawsuit in 2018, alleging that the producer smeared her in Hollywood, calling her a “nightmare” to work with after she refused to see him shower and give him a massage. a meeting of the late 90s.
Its legal team has been prosecuted under a law banning those in professional power – other than employers – from sexual harassment.
Ultimately, the courts ruled that because Judd was not working for the producer, her case is lying.
“Weinstein was in a unique position to exercise a power of coercion or influence over Judd, who was a young actor at the beginning of her career at the time of the alleged harassment,” wrote U.S. District Judge Mary Murguia. “In addition, given Weinstein’s Influential and‘ Inevitable ’Presence in the Film Industry, the relationship was one that would have been difficult to terminate‘ without tangible suffering ’with Judd, whose livelihood as an actor depended on from cast to roles. “
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Attorney Judd explained that the lawsuit is intended to broaden the law in the Hollywood landscape.
“This is an important victory not only for Ms. Judd but for all victims of sexual harassment in professional relationships,” said Judd’s attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr. in a statement. “The court rightly considers that California law prohibits sexual harassment and retaliation from movies. Producers and others in strong positions, even outside the context of employment, and we look forward to pursuing this. the claim against Mr Weinstein in the proceedings. “
Reps for Weinstein did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Judd filed the lawsuit against Weinstein after director Peter Jackson revealed to the producer that he had warned him against casting the actress in 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 lasted until the completion of his criminal trial in New York – in which he was convicted of rape and sexual assault against two women.
Weinstein denies engaging in non-consensual sexual activity.
The Associated Press contributed to this report