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Harvey Weinstein Responds to Ashley Judd Defamation Lawsuit

Harvey Weinstein is lashing back after Ashley Judd announced that she has filed a lawsuit for attempting to ruin her career.

The 50-year-old actress – who was one of the first to come forward when the 66-year-old disgraced producer‘s scandal came to light – says that Harvey smeared her reputation to Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, leading him to not cast her.

Ashley is seeking damages for defamation, sexual harassment, and violations of California’s unfair business competition law.

After the suit was filed, a representative of Harvey‘s had this to say on the disgraced producer’s behalf:

“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,” THR reports. “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.”

Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein for Sexual Harassment & Harming Her Career

Ashley Judd is suing Harvey Weinstein, claiming he sabotaged her career.

The 50-year-old Double Jeopardy actress filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday (April 30), accusing the 66-year-old disgraced film producer of retaliating against her because she turned down his sexual advances.

Ashley, who was one of the first to come forward when Harvey‘s scandal came to light, says that Harvey smeared her reputation to Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, leading him to not cast her.

Mr. Weinstein’s abusive conduct toward others has caused no end of damage to aspiring actors and others in the film and entertainment industry,” she said in a statement. “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.”

She is seeking damages for defamation, sexual harassment, and violations of California’s unfair business competition law.

See her full legal complaint below.

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Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore, & More Powerful Women Support Time's Up Movement at Tribeca Film Fest

Lupita Nyong’o speaks on stage during a Time’s Up panel held during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday (April 28) at Spring Studios in New York City.

There were many stars at the event, including fellow Oscar winners Julianne Moore, Mira Sorvino, and Marisa Tomei. Other powerful women in the industry who showed support included Sienna Miller, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ashley Judd, Cynthia Erivo, Amber Tamblyn, Sasheer Zamata, Mariska Hargitay, and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke.

Before the event, Ashley tweeted, “On my way to share my national letter to survivors of sexual assault @TIMESUPNOW event at #tribecafilmfestival with a dialogue after reading it with the great and dear @TaranaBurke #wecanheal.”

FYI: Mira is wearing a Landero dress and Sarah Flint shoes.

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Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, & Salma Hayek Bring Times Up Movement to Oscars 2018 (Video)

Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek hit the stage together to make a powerful statement at the 2018 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday (March 4) in Hollywood.

The actresses joined forces during the show to make a speech supporting the Times Up Movement after all three have accused disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault.

“So we salute those unstoppable spirits who kicked ass and broke through the biased perceptions against their gender, race and ethnicity to tell their stories,” Salma said.

“And we look forward to make sure that the next 90 years empower these limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusion, intersectionality,” Ashley chimed in. “That’s what this year has promised us.”

Watch their speech below.

Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, & Salma Hayek – Oscars 2018

Ashley Judd & Mira Sorvino Stand United at Oscars 2018

Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino are sending a powerful statement by standing together at the 2018 Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday (March 4) in Hollywood.

The two actresses were both revealed to be blacklisted from the casting of Lord Of The Rings by Harvey Weinstein according to a recent revelation made by director Peter Jackson. (Harvey denies this claim.)

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Ashley is also presenting during the night’s ceremony.

FYI: Ashley is wearing custom Badgley Mischka dress, gown and clutch, Bulgari diamonds and a custom Zameer Kassan #TimesUp ring. Mira is wearing a Romona Keveza dress.

Make sure to watch the Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, at 8pm EST/5pm PST on ABC.

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