Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein, Saying He Tried To Damage Her Career

Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein, Saying He Tried To Damage Her Career
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Film star Ashley Judd is suing Harvey Weinstein, accusing the disgraced former film executive of damaging her career after she rejected his sexual advances.

Back in October 2017, Judd was one of the first actresses to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein.

Judd says that Weinstein badmouthed her to filmmaker Peter Jackson, which resulted in a lost opportunity to work in the “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy.

“Mr. Weinstein’s abusive conduct toward others has caused no end of damage to aspiring actors and others in the film and entertainment industry. As my experience and the experience of others shows, even a few false statements from Mr. Weinstein could destroy potentially career-changing professional opportunities. It’s time that Mr. Weinstein be held accountable for that conduct and for the ways in which he’s damaged careers.” Judd said in a statement.

Judd is suing Weinstein for defamation, sexual harassment, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and unfair competition, according to Hollywood Reporter.

On Monday evening, a representative for Weinstein responded to Judd’s lawsuit:

“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. The actual facts will show that Mr. Weinstein was widely known for having fought for Ms. Judd as his first choice for the lead role in Good Will Hunting and, in fact, arranged for Ms. Judd to fly to New York to be considered for the role. Thereafter, Ms. Judd was hired for not one, but two of Mr. Weinstein’s movies, Frida in 2002 and Crossing Over with Harrison Ford in 2009. We look forward to a vigorous defense of these claims.”