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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.

Brad Pitt is Producing a Movie About Harvey Weinstein

Brad Pitt is set to produce a film about the Harvey Weinstein investigation.

The 54-year-old Fury star and his production company Plan B Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures have acquired the rights to a story focusing on the 66-year-old disgraced film producer.

Specifically, the film will showcase New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey‘s investigation of Harvey’s pattern of sexual misconduct that came to light in October 2017, THR reports.

There are no writers or filmmakers on board yet.

Brad, who has worked with Harvey‘s company on Inglourious Basterds and Killing Them Softly, once confronted him after learning about his sexual misconduct toward Gwyneth Paltrow, whom Brad was dating at the time.

Rose McGowan Films Birthday Message for Harvey Weinstein (Video)

Rose McGowan, one of the activists in the #MeToo movement, posted a video on Harvey Weinstein‘s birthday.

“Happy birthday, Harvey Weinstein,” the actress said in the Twitter video.

“I told you we’d be coming. I told you 20 years ago if I heard of you doing this to another girl or woman we would come for you — I would come for you. Happy f*cking birthday.”

Rose closed out the video by saying, “We win.”

Watch the video that Rose posted on Weinstein’s birthday below…

Harvey Weinstein's Company Officially Declares Bankruptcy

The Weinstein Company has declared bankruptcy.

The film company – co-founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein – made the announcement on Monday (March 19), as it is not able to survive amid the allegations of sexual abuse against Harvey that emerged last fall, Variety reports.

The company might be able to reorganize and produce TV shows and movies under new ownership. Lantern Capital placed a “stalking horse” bid, which offers a floor for a bankruptcy auction.

According to a source, Lantern’s bid is between $300 million to $320 million, most of which would take the form of assumed debt. The $500 million bid from billionaire Ron Burkle and others collapsed two weeks ago.

“The Board selected Lantern in part due to Lantern’s commitment to maintain the assets and employees as a going concern,” the company said in a statement. “The Company hopes that this orderly sale process under the supervision of the Bankruptcy Court will allow it to maximize the value of the Company’s assets for the benefit of its creditors and other stakeholders.”

The company also revealed that it has released its employees from their non-disclosure agreements, as part of an ongoing negotiation with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

“No one should be afraid to speak out or coerced to stay quiet,” the company said. “The Company thanks the courageous individuals who have already come forward. Your voices have inspired a movement for change across the country and around the world.”