Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein dismissed

Harvey Weinstein asked a judge throw out a lawsuit from Ashley Judd

Judd's defamation suit against Weinstein, however, could move forward, according to CNN.

As previously reported, Judd has claimed that after she rejected Weinstein's sexual advances he blackballed her and director Peter Jackson didn't hire her, thereby hurting her career.

While the law was changed in 2018 to cover that kind of relationship, the judge also ruled it could not be applied retroactively.

Gutierrez said that Judd's relationship as an actress with the film producer was not covered under the California statute she had sued under.

Gutierrez took pains to say he "is not determining whether Plaintiff was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term", but only whether the incident fell under the scope of the statute her lawsuit cited.

After the ruling, the "Double Jeopardy" actress' attorney made it clear that the decision in no way meant his client's lawsuit against Weinstein was over, and that they would be proceeding with her multiple claims.

However, Ms Judd's claim that the Oscar-winning producer "blackballed" her after she refused his advances would still be heard, Judge Gutierrez said. She alleged Weinstein was responsible for her getting rejected for roles in such films as Lord of the Rings.

The Oscar-winner has been accused of sexual misconduct from over 50 women, including Judd, since allegations of his bad behaviour hit headlines in exposes in October, 2017.

As you'll remember, the case had been winding through the courts after Judd claimed Weinstein shut her out of Lord of the Rings after she turned down one of his alleged sexual demands. We believe that we will ultimately prevail on her remaining claims'. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Reacting to Weinstein's win, his lawyer, Phyllis Kupferstein, said in a statement: 'We have said from the beginning that this claim was unjustified, and we are pleased that the court saw it as we did.

But Judd's attorney, Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., said that this ruling does not upend Judd's complaint.

Representatives for Ms Judd and Mr Weinstein could not immediately be reached for comment on the ruling.

The disgraced producer - who denies the charges, which were brought by two women - will stand trial in NY later this year.

The disgraced Hollywood producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women. He faces five felony charges: two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree and one count each of first-degree rape and third-degree rape.

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