Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claims against Weinstein again dismissed, defamation suit will proceed
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Actress Ashley Judd's sexual harassment case against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was dismissed by a judge on Wednesday who ruled that the rest of her case, which involved a defamation claim, can proceed.

CNN and NBC News reported Wednesday that U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled Judd's lawyers had insufficiently proved that Judd was covered by an anti-harassment statute based on her relationship at the time with Weinstein, while also ruling that she could go forward with the remainder of her case.


"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," the judge wrote, according to CNN.

The remainder of Judd's case centers around allegations that Weinstein targeted her career for destruction after she resisted his sexual advances in the 1990's. A lawyer representing the actress said that the plaintiffs "disagree" with Gutierrez's decision, but would seek to hold Weinstein accountable for the other claims.

"Nothing about today's ruling changes that Ms. Judd's case is moving forward on multiple claims," said attorney Theodore Boutrous, adding: "While we respectfully disagree with the Court's decision as to the one claim it ruled on today, we look forward to pursuing the three claims for relief that the Court has already ruled can move forward."

Weinstein's attorneys meanwhile celebrated Wednesday's development, promising that the movie producer who was fired from his production company in 2017 after dozens of women came forward with allegations of sexual abuse would be vindicated in court against Judd.

"We have said from the beginning that this claim was unjustified, and we are pleased that the court saw it as we did," Phyllis Kupferstein, Weinstein's attorney, told NBC. "We believe that we will ultimately prevail on her remaining claims."

A criminal trial of Weinstein related to separate claims is set to begin in early May in New York.