A judge ruled today that a lawsuit filed by actress Ashley Judd against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein can move forward. The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq., reports that Judd can proceed with claims of defamation and tortious interference, but Judd’s sexual harassment claim was rejected.
Reuters, meanwhile, reports that “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson has spoken with Judd’s legal team and could furnish “powerful” testimony in support of her suit.
“Judd’s civil suit, filed in April, accused Weinstein of discouraging Jackson in 1998 from casting her in the blockbuster ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie franchise in retaliation for her refusing Weinstein’s sexual advances,” Reuters reports. “The lawsuit cited an interview with Jackson published by the New Zealand news website Stuff in December 2017 quoting him as saying he had heard from Weinstein’s former film company, Miramax, that Judd was a ‘nightmare to work with.’”
Jackson reportedly said he later came to believe Judd was the victim of a “smear campaign.”