Judge dismisses part of Judd lawsuit against Weinstein

Brenda Watkins
January 11, 2019

But he said Ms Judd may proceed to trial with separate allegations against Weinstein of defamation and economic interference, according to reports in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

Gutierrez previously said in September that the law upon which Judd's claim was based "has never before been applied to an employer's sexual harassment of a prospective employee, and the court is not convinced that the statute was meant to cover such harassment".

The actress was hoping the "evaluative" meeting would cement her chances of landing big film roles - but when she arrived at the hotel, her lawsuit states, Weinstein was waiting for her in a bathrobe. In doing so, it made clear that it was not determining whether Ms. Judd was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term.

That code was amended in September 2018 to include relationships between directors and producers, but Gutierrez's ruling concluded that the change could not be applied retroactively.

U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez said it was unclear if Judd's harassment claim fell under the definition of her lawsuit. "The only question presented by the current motion is whether the harassment that Plaintiff allegedly suffered falls within the scope of the California statute that she has sued under".

Weinstein's attorney in this case, Phyllis Kupferstein said in a statement to CNN, "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 lawyer, Theodore J Boutrous Jr, said that this ruling does not upend Judd's complaint.

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Judd's suit was filed in April.

Still, Judd will move forward with the defamation side of her suit against Weinstein. He has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Mr Weinstein denied the claims, with his legal team releasing a statement saying he "fought for" Ms Judd to have a role in Good Will Hunting, and she had featured in two of his films since the alleged incident.

Judd appeared in "Frida", which was distributed by Weinstein's company Miramax in 2002, and starred in "Crossing Over", which was distributed by The Weinstein Company in 2009.

The disgraced Hollywood producer of movies like "Shakespeare in Love" has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women.

Weinstein, 66, also faces criminal prosecution in New York City and is the target of other criminal investigations. In October of 2017-just before the resurgence of the viral #MeToo movement-she recounted the accusations again, this time naming Harvey Weinstein as that mogul.

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