Harvey Weinstein responds to Ashley Judd's lawsuit: 'Only championed her career, never interfered with it'

After being sued by Ashley Judd for hurting her performing profession in retaliation for her rejecting his sexual advances, Harvey Winstein has responded to the allegations via a spokesperson.

“Essentially the most fundamental investigation of the info will reveal that Mr Weinstein neither defamed Ms Judd nor ever interfered with Ms Judd’s profession, and as an alternative not solely championed her work but additionally repeatedly permitted her casting for 2 of his motion pictures over the subsequent decade. The precise info will present that Mr Weinstein was broadly recognized for having fought for Ms Judd as his first selection for the lead position in Good Will Looking and, in reality, organized for Ms Judd to fly to New York to be thought-about for the position. Thereafter, Ms Judd was employed for not one, however two of Mr Weinstein’s motion pictures, Frida in 2002 and Crossing Over with Harrison Ford in 2009. We look ahead to a vigorous defence of those claims,” mentioned the spokesperson, based on Variety.

Harvey Weinstein. AP

Within the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court docket, Judd accuses Weinstein of defamation, sexual harassment and violating California’s unfair competitors legislation. Judd was within the first group of ladies who got here ahead final fall about Weinstein’s sexual misconduct, placing her on the forefront of the #MeToo motion.

Central to the swimsuit is director Peter Jackson saying in December that Weinstein had warned him 20 years in the past that Judd was a “nightmare” to work with, and needs to be averted “in any respect prices.” Jackson was contemplating Judd for a significant position in his Lord of the Rings motion pictures, and had met together with her concerning the position. Weinstein’s firm on the time, Miramax, then held the rights to Lord of the Rings.

Judd, 50, had no concept why she was not forged within the Lord of the Rings movies till Jackson got here ahead in 2017, the lawsuit says.

With inputs from AP.

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