Ashley Judd Can Sue Harvey Weinstein for Sexual Harassment, Court Rules
The actress Ashley Judd can proceed with a sexual harassment claim as part of a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, the movie mogul imprisoned for sex crimes and a focus of the #MeToo movement, an appeals court ruled on Wednesday. A three-judge panel of United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Pasadena, Calif., reversed a lower court’s dismissal of the sexual harassment component of Ms. Judd’s lawsuit, which she filed in April 2018 against Mr. Weinstein. Ms. Judd, who is known for her roles in “Double Jeopardy,” “Kiss the Girls” and “A Time to Kill,” accused Mr. Weinstein of undermining her movie career after she rejected his sexual advances in the late 1990s. She also sued Mr. Weinstein on claims of defamation and unfair business practices. But Ms. Judd’s legal crusade hit a snag in January, when a U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles ruled that she could not claim sexual harassment under the law in California because she did not have a specific business relationship with Mr. Weinstein at the time that she said that misconduct took place.