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Ashley Judd Wins Appeal in Harvey Weinstein Lawsuit

Ashley Judd Wins Appeal in Harvey Weinstein Lawsuit

Ashley Judd is moving forward.

An appeals court ruled Wednesday (July 29) that the 52-year-old actress can pursue a sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein, Variety reported.

The three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court, which had previously thrown out the claim that he held power over her career when he invited her to his room at the Peninsula Hotel in the mid-1990s.

“(T)heir relationship consisted of an inherent power imbalance wherein Weinstein was uniquely situated to exercise coercion or leverage over Judd by virtue of his professional position and influence as a top producer in Hollywood. Therefore, the district court erred when it dismissed Judd’s sexual harassment claim,” wrote Judge Mary H. Murguia.

Ashley sued Harvey back in April of 2018, alleging he lured her into his hotel room, and tried to make her watch him shower and give him a massage. She also sued for defamation and retaliation when she rebuffed his advances, alleging she was blacklisted from the film industry.

“That is, by virtue of his professional position and influence as a top producer in Hollywood, Weinstein was uniquely situated to exercise coercive power or leverage over Judd, who was a young actor at the beginning of her career at the time of the alleged harassment. Moreover, given Weinstein’s highly influential and ‘unavoidable’ presence in the film industry, the relationship was one that would have been difficult to terminate ‘without tangible hardship’ to Judd, whose livelihood as an actor depended on being cast for roles,” the judge also wrote.

The case will now go back to the lower court and proceed on all claims.

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