The Federal Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Ashley Judd could file a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein for sexual harassment.
A panel of three judges of the 9th District Court of Appeal of the United States ruled that the actress should be allowed to continue both parts of her lawsuit against Weinstein. A lower court judge dismissed her allegations of sexual harassment, but left her defamation allegations intact.
Judd was one of the first people to publicly accuse Weinstein. She filed a lawsuit in 2018, alleging that at a meeting at a hotel in Beverly Hills in late 1996 or early 1997, the producer tried to get her to watch him choke and give him a massage, and then smeared her in Hollywood as “nightmare”;. work with him after she rejected him.
Convicted producer Weinstein, an Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love and Chicago, was jailed for 23 years in March after being convicted of rape. He is being held in a maximum security penitentiary in Buffalo, New York.
Judd’s lawyers sued Weinstein under California law, which prohibits sexual harassment of people other than employers with professional authorities, including teachers and landlords.
The court agreed that the law could be applied in situations such as the one Judd encountered when she dealt with Weinstein but did not work for him. The case is likely to go to trial early next year.
“Weinstein was uniquely positioned to use coercion or leverage over Judd, who was a young actor at the beginning of his career at the time of the alleged harassment,” U.S. District Judge Mary Murguya wrote in her opinion.
“Moreover, given Weinstein’s very influential and inevitable presence in the film industry, it would be difficult to end the relationship” without much difficulty “with Judd, his life as an actor depended on being played in a role.”
The Federal Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled that Ashley Judd, pictured in 2018, could sue Garvey Weinstein for sexual harassment. The panel of three judges of the 9th District Court of Appeal of the United States found that the actress should be allowed to continue both parts of her lawsuit against Weinstein
Convicted producer Weinstein, an Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love and Chicago, was jailed for 23 years in March after being convicted of rape. He is being held in a maximum security penitentiary in Buffalo, New York. He is depicted in a February trial
Judd’s lawyers did so explicitly when she filed a lawsuit that partially filed the lawsuit to expand the use of the law to protect against predatory relationships in Hollywood, and approved the 9th District decision on Wednesday.
“This is an important victory not only for Ms. Jude, but for all victims of professional sexual harassment,” said lawyer Theodora Butrus Jr.
“The court rightly held that California law prohibits sexual harassment and retaliation by filmmakers and others in positions of power, even outside of employment.
Garvey Weinstein and Ashley Judd were portrayed in 1997. Judd filed a lawsuit in 2018, alleging that at a meeting at a hotel in Beverly Hills in late 1996 or early 1997, the producer tried to get her to watch him suffocate and gave him a massage, then smeared her in Hollywood as ” nightmare ”for work after she turned him down
The email asking for Weinstein’s lawyer, Phyllis Kupferman, was not returned immediately. Kupferman previously said that Weinstein did not harm Judd’s career, but promoted it, approving it for a role in two of his films.
The ruling comes two weeks after a New York judge overturned a $ 19 million settlement between Weinstein and many women that had sued him for sexual misconduct. Jude was not involved in the proposed deal.
The 52-year-old star of “Girl’s Kiss” and “Double Danger” was among the women who told their stories to Weinstein’s New York Times and New Yorker in 2017, making the #MeToo movement a global phenomenon.
Harvey Weinstein enters the courthouse on February 24, 2020 in New York
The following year, she sued Weinstein after director Peter Jackson said in an interview that Weinstein had warned him against working with Judd when he considered her a “Lord of the Rings” film.
The lawsuit was dropped due to the completion of a criminal trial in Weinstein, New York, where the 68-year-old producer was convicted of rape and sexual assault against two women. He faces similar allegations in Los Angeles.
Weinstein has repeatedly denied engaging in any non-consensual sexual activity.