Actress Ashley Judd could go ahead with a sexual harassment claim, under a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, the film Mogul was imprisoned for sexual offenses and focused on the #MeToo movement, an appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals applied to the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, California. The lower court’s dismissal of the sexual harassment component of Ms. Judd’s lawsuit, which she filed against Weinstein in April 2018.
Ms. Jude, who is known for her roles in “Double Jeopardy”, “Girls” and “A Time to Kill,” Mr. Weinstein declined her sexual advances in the 1990s after her film career was cut short. Accused of doing it. He also sued Mr. Weinstein over claims of defamation and unfair business practices.
But Ms. Judd’s legal crusade stalled in January, when a judge in a US district court in Los Angeles ruled that she could not claim sexual harassment under the law in California, because her specific relationship with Mr. Weinstein at the time There were no business relationships. He said that the misconduct happened.
The judge’s interpretation of the state’s sexual harassment law was dismissed by the appeals court on Wednesday.
“Based on his professional status and influence as a top producer in Hollywood, Weinstein was positioned to gain tremendous power or leverage with Jude, a young actor early in his career at the time of alleged harassment,” the judges said. Ruled. “Furthermore, given Weinstein’s highly influential and ‘unavoidable’ presence in the film industry, the relationship was one that Jude found difficult to end ‘without tangible suffering’, with roles cast for livelihood roles as actors Was. “
Ms. Judd has refused to appear in a class-action lawsuit brought against Mr. Weinstein by dozens of women who accused him of sexual misconduct. She has been demanding her day in court for a long time.
Ms. Judd’s attorney, Theodore J. “This is a significant victory not only for Ms. Judd but for all victims of sexual harassment in professional relationships,” Butrus Jr. said in an email Wednesday. “The court rightly maintains that California law forbids sexual harassment and retaliation for powerful positions by filmmakers and others, even in the context of employment, and we assert this claim against Mr. Weinstein during trial Look forward to the chase. “
Mr. Weinstein’s lawyer Felice Kupferstein said in a statement that his client would be deprived of the allegations leveled by Ms. Judd.
“We are delighted that both Ms. Judd and Mr. Weinstein spent their day in court, where we hope the truth will be revealed,” he said. “The least scrutiny of the incidents would show that Mr. Weinstein neither maligned Ms. Judd, nor hindered or interfered with her career, and certainly never retaliated against her and indeed her There was nothing to take revenge. “
Ms. Kuferstein stated that Mr. Weinstein “battled” for Ms. Judd as her first choice for the lead role in the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting” and flew her to New York to consider her for the part Arranged. She could not be found.
Mr. Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in March after being convicted of rape and criminal sexual assault in a separate criminal case in Manhattan.
Ms. Judd said that Mr. Weinstein invited her to discuss film roles at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills in early 1996 or early 1997, but instead of meeting in a public place, Mr. Weinstein invited him to her room . According to the lawsuit, Mr. Weinstein, who was wearing a bathrobe, asked Ms. Judd to massage and bathe him.
After Ms. Judd’s refusal, she says, she was passed on for the lead roles, including in the films “Lord of the Rings”, which grossed $ 2.5 billion in ticket sales and 30 Oscars. Nominations earned.
Ms. Judd sued director and producer Peter Jackson after she revealed that she removed Ms. Judd from the casting list of “Lord of the Rings” as a “direct result” of what she thought was “false.” The information “was provided by Mr. Weinstein.
Ms. Judd’s lawsuit states that Mr. Weinstein told Mr. Jackson and a producer that Mr. Weinstein had a “bad experience” with Mr. Jude and that he “had a bad dream to work with.”
Ms. Kupferstein stated that Mr. Weinstein had no authority over the “Lord of the Rings” franchise and that Mr. Weinstein was selected for two of Mr. Weinstein’s projects, the 2002 film “Freida” and the 2009 film “Cross Over” .