Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein, Saying He Harmed Her Career

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd's chances of landing a role on "Lord of the Rings" got torpedoed after she turned down Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual demands.so she says in a new lawsuit.

The lawsuit's claims come after Judd was one of the first women to go public with her experiences with Weinstein, saying he propositioned her while she was filming Kill The Girls.

Actress Ashley Judd is suing Weinstein for defamation, harassment and unfair business practices.

In December, "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson spoke to the New Zealand publication Stuff and said that Weinstein made him blacklist certain female stars, including Judd.

After she rebuffed him, Judd alleges, Weinstein spread rumors and lies about her that were created to thwart her career in Hollywood.

Judd says she was filming Kiss the Girls in 1997 when Weinstein invited her to his hotel room, where he offered to massage her and asked that she watch him shower.

Weinstein's reps issued a statement which read, "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".

"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. Jackson said, "I recall Miramax telling us they [Judd and Mira Sorvino] were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs".

He has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

Judd said in a statement that "financial recuperation 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". "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". She said that after she rebuffed his sexual advances, he retaliated against her by damaging her career.

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