Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein, Says He Sabotaged Her Career

Actress Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein, Says He Sabotaged Her Career

Deadline reports that the actress filed suit against Weinstein on Monday over claims that the disgraced Hollywood producer sabotage her career for refusing his sexual advances. The film's director, Peter Jackson, has said he remembers Weinstein making negative comments about Judd and another actress who has accused Weinstein of misconduct, Mira Sorvino.

Judd said in a prepared statement that any damages she wins will be donated to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund "so that women and men in all professions may have legal redress for sexual harassment, economic retaliation and damage to their careers".

The 50-year-old actress - who was one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment - read an open letter during an event in NY hosted by the Tribeca Film Festival and the Time's Up movement, which was promoting equality in the workplace.

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To wrap up her speech, Ashley left the audience with a meaningful message telling them 'our rage become our strength, our energy and our motivation'.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Judd claims Weinstein falsely told Jackson that she was a nightmare who should be avoided at all costs.

He has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

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"Ms Judd reasonably believed that Weinstein meant to physically assault her", Mr Boustrous wrote. Last year, Weinstein's spokesperson said that while Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of Jackson's film, they had no input on the casting whatsoever. "One of the things we say a lot in Time's Up is 'women of all kinds" because you often hear the phrase 'women and people of colour.' Well, we ARE women".

"Weinstein's wrongful and outrageous conduct has not just deprived Ms. Judd of the specific opportunity to play a prominent role in a blockbuster film trilogy; it has had a long-lasting ripple effect on her whole career", the complaint said, according to The New York Times. "No person - in whatever job, in whatever industry - should have to forfeit professional aspirations and the right to earn a living to the abusive whims of the powerful".

"I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask", she said, according to that October 2017 New York Times report.

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