Judge dismisses part of Judd's lawsuit against

Angelo Anderson
January 11, 2019

Gutierrez previously said in September that the law upon which Judd's claim was based "has never before been applied to an employer's sexual harassment of a prospective employee, and the court is not convinced that the statute was meant to cover such harassment".

In a footnote to the ruling Gutierrez said he was not determining whether Judd was sexually harassed by Weinstein "in the colloquial sense of the term".

"Nothing about today's ruling changes that Ms. Judd's case is moving forward on multiple claims", Ted Boutrous said.

Judd's lawsuit had alleged Weinstein "cornered her in a hotel room in 1997 under the guise of discussing business".

Since the time Judd's claim was first dismissed, California amended its sexual harassment law.

Judd's suit was filed in April.

Judd's defamation claim against Weinstein stems from a comment Jackson made in an interview following the flood of accusations against Weinstein in which he said the producer's company, Miramax, discouraged him from hiring both Judd and actress Mira Sorvino as part of what he described as a "smear campaign".

But in a statement late on Wednesday, Judge Gutierrez said the law that deals with sexual misconduct claims in professional relationships, which was revised to include directors and producers, could not be applied retrospectively to Ms Judd's case. She alleged Weinstein was responsible for her getting rejected for roles in such films as Lord of the Rings.

But he said Ms Judd may proceed to trial with separate allegations against Weinstein of defamation and economic interference, according to reports in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. She says Weinstein told director Peter Jackson and his producing partner, Fran Walsh, not to work with Judd on the films, a move that not only "torpedoed" her opportunity to star in the Academy Award-winning franchise, but also cost her additional work.

Reacting to Weinstein's win, his lawyer, Phyllis Kupferstein, said in a statement: 'We have said from the beginning that this claim was unjustified, and we are pleased that the court saw it as we did.

Guiterrez's ruling on Judd's sexual harassment claim agrees with a previous ruling in July, which likewise determined that California law didn't apply, USA Today notes.

Mr Weinstein has been accused by more than 75 women of varying degrees of sexual misconduct going back decades - allegations he denies.

The disgraced producer - who denies the charges, which were brought by two women - will stand trial in NY later this year.

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