Ashley Judd Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Dismissed
Ashley Judd filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, but it was dismissed by U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez. However, her lawsuit for defamation and preventing Judd from obtaining a role in the “Lord of the Rings” film series can proceed.
The reason for the dismissal was based on a technicality. Since Judd was never hired by Weinstein, she could not proceed under sexual harassment claims as a prospective employee.
Judd claims Weinstein made sexual advances toward her in 1997 at a hotel in Beverly Hills and to get Weinstein away from her, she said after she won an Oscar for her role in the series, she would allow Weinstein to touch her.
Judd claims that Weinstein told the director of “Lord of the Rings,” Peter Jackson, that Judd was a “nightmare” to work with and that prevented her from getting in a role in the series.
Usually, the statute of limitations would apply in this scenario, however, Judd didn’t know about Weinstein’s statement until Peter Jackson did an interview. Always an issue in these types of cases is when one should have known or known about the incident.
For example, if Judd knew this going back to 1997, she would be barred from filing the lawsuit because it’s past the statute of limitations. Since she didn’t know this occurred until 2017, this has allowed her lawsuit to go forward. However, it’s not only when “known” but also “should have known” which was hinted at by the court’s ruling.
If it is normal within the industry to question why a role was denied, then Judd once again faces statute of limitation issues. If not, her lawsuit will be allowed to proceed.
Weinstein is facing sexual assault charges in New York and is under investigation in London and Los Angeles.
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