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Judge dismisses Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

A in has dismissed Ashley Judd's lawsuit against Harvey on technical grounds as the suit did not fall within the ambit of the statute she sued under.

According to The Daily Beast, has, however, let the actor's claims of defamation, economic interference and violation of the state's stand against

The 49-year-old was one of the first actors to go on record to accuse the media mogul of sexual abuse in the explosive October 5, 2017 Times article.

Judd filed a lawsuit against for trying to sabotage her career. In the suit, she alleged that the producer dissuaded and from working with her in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy as she had rebuffed his sexual advances.

She claimed that Weinstein "torpedoed Ms Judd's incredible professional opportunity" to work with Jackson by telling him she was a "nightmare" to work with and should be avoided "at all costs".

"The pathetic reality, however, was that Weinstein was retaliating against Ms. Judd for rejecting his sexual demands approximately one year earlier, when he cornered her in a hotel room under the guise of discussing business," wrote Judd's Theodore Boutrous Jr.

"A self-described 'benevolent dictator' who has bragged that 'I can be scary,' Weinstein used his power in the entertainment industry to damage Ms Judd's reputation and limit her ability to find work," the complaint further read.

Gutierrez initially dismissed the claim in September because he was sceptical that the statue under which Judd filed the suit could be applied to her case or any other involving a "potential employer and a prospective employee".

The permitted the to take another go at making an argument for the claim but determined Wednesday that she had not met the bar under the law or a recently enacted amendment to the statute.

In his ruling, Gutierrez made it clear that the court is not ruling on the facts of the case, whether Judd was "sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term", but if the "plaintiff allegedly suffered falls within the scope of the statute that she has sued under".

The decision in the civil suit comes as Weinstein is preparing for a criminal trial in on multiple counts of sex abuse that is expected to go to court later this year.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 11:30 IST