Published: Tue, May 01, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein for Sexual Harassment and Defamation

Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein for Sexual Harassment and Defamation

To wrap up her speech, Ashley left the audience with a meaningful message telling them 'our rage become our strength, our energy and our motivation'.

Comments made by Sir Peter Jackson, and evidence from the production of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will appear in a sexual harassment lawsuit against disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Director Peter Jackson told New Zealand outlet Stuff in December that he was forced by Weinstein to blacklist Judd for a role in The Lord of the Rings.

The lawsuit maintains that Weinstein was retaliating against Judd for refusing to engage in sexual activity with him.

The lawsuit filed by Judd on Monday laid out a pattern of retaliatory behavior by Weinstein against actresses who rebuffed his sexual advances - what California courts have described as "me too" evidence in employment cases.

"I lost career opportunity".

Judd said the first time she became aware of why Sir Peter failed to cast her was when he spoke about the decision past year as dozens of women publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.

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Judd says she was filming Kiss the Girls in 1997 when Weinstein invited her to his hotel room, where he offered to massage her and asked that she watch him shower.

Ashley Judd has sued Harvey Weinstein, saying he hurt her acting career in retaliation for her rejecting his sexual advances. According to Gibson Dunn, Judd and the firm will donate any potential proceeds from the lawsuit to charity.

The 50-year-old actress - who was one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment - read an open letter during an event in NY hosted by the Tribeca Film Festival and the Time's Up movement, which was promoting equality in the workplace. Thereafter, Ms. Judd was hired for not one, but two of Mr. Weinstein's movies, Frida in 2002 and Crossing Over with Harrison Ford in 2009. "It's time that Mr. Weinstein be held accountable for that conduct and for the ways in which he's damaged careers".

Notably, Weinstein also said in October 2017 that said that the way he "behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it".

Judd, a leading member of the "Time's Up" movement against sexual harassment in the workplace, is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.

A spokesperson for the movie executive told The New Yorker in a prior statement: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein".

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