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Ashley Judd sues Harvey Weinstein, says tried to hurt career

01 May 2018

Judd, who was among the first women to publicly speak out about Weinstein's behavior a year ago to The New York Times, notes that since the Weinstein story broke, "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson said Weinstein discouraged him from casting Judd.

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

The actress, 50, is suing disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein for sexual harassment, defamation, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage, and unfair competition, per The Hollywood Reporter. Since the claims became public numerous powerful men in entertainment, media and politics have been brought down by similar accusations.

She said Weinstein invited invited her to breakfast in his hotel suite, that he offered her massages and shoulder rubs and asked her if she would watch him take a shower.

He has yet to comment on Judd's lawsuit. But Weinstein "torpedoed Ms. Judd's incredible professional opportunity", according to the complaint, by falsely telling Jackson that Judd was a "nightmare" who should be avoided "at all costs".

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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".

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".

Any money gained from the lawsuit will be donated to efforts to help combat sexual harassment and discrimination, the statement said.

In the suit, Judd says in a desperate attempt to escape, she engaged in a mock bargain with him, suggesting she would consider letting him touch her only if she won an Academy Award in one of his films.

"The most basic investigation of the facts will reveal that Mr Weinstein neither defamed Ms Judd nor ever interfered with Ms Judd's career, and instead not only championed her work but also repeatedly approved her casting for two of his movies over the next decade", she said.

Ashley Judd sues Harvey Weinstein, says tried to hurt career