Judd's Harrasment Case Against Weinstein Tossed; Defamation Suit Continues

Jan 10, 2019

Credit Chris Pizzello, Associated Press

A California judge has thrown out a sexual harassment case against Harvey Weinstein. It was filed by actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd who claimed the movie mogul derailed her career when she refused sexual advances he made toward her in the 1990’s.

Judge Philip Gutierrez’s decision, obtained by CNN, states that Judd’s attorneys had "not adequately alleged that her relationship with Defendant was covered by the statute." However, the ruling does allow her to move forward with the defamation suit filed against Weinstein. Judge Gutierrez went on to say "The Court makes clear that it is not determining whether Plaintiff was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term. 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."

Judd's attorney said they disagreed with Thursday’s ruling but that it did not change the fact that they would move forward with other aspects of the case.

Weinstein’s legal team applauded the decision and said their client maintains his innocence.

More than 80 women have claimed they were sexually harassed or assaulted by Weinstein.