Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein: Producer 'Torpedoed' My Career, She Says

The actress says Weinstein cost her a role in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy after she rejected his sexual advances

The actress says Weinstein poisoned her reputation with director Peter Jackson, prohibiting a possible casting in his blockbuster "Lord of the Rings" films.

Ashley Judd's chances of landing a role on "Lord of the Rings" got torpedoed after she turned down Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual demands.so she says in a new lawsuit.

Judd is suing Weinstein for defamation and sexual harassment and for violating California's broadly written Unfair Competition law, which prohibits "unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business acts and practices".

Appearing alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Cynthia Erivo, and Amber Tamblyn at the Tribeca Film Festival's day-long Time's Up event on Saturday, the Oscar-winning actress discussed her struggle with liberating herself from the trauma of sexual assault six months after claiming in a New Yorker exposé that Harvey Weinstein harassed her in 1995. "It's time that Mr. Weinstein be held accountable for that conduct and for the ways in which he's damaged careers".

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Attorney Ted Boutrous and Ashley Judd.

A rep for Weinstein did not immediately comment on the matter.

A spokeswoman for Weinstein refuted the claims of Judd and Sir Peter and said the shamed producer would launch a "vigorous defence".

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The statement from Weinstein's attorney also claims he "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 NY to be considered for the role".

Judd said in a statement that "financial recuperation will be donated to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, so that women and men in all professions may have legal redress for sexual harassment, economic retaliation and damage to their careers".

A representative for Weinstein issued a statement hours later saying the onetime film studio chieftain had "neither defamed Ms Judd nor ever interfered with Ms Judd's career".

"With those baseless smears, Weinstein succeeded in blacklisting Ms. Judd and destroying her ability to work on what became a multi-billion-dollar franchise with 17 Academy Award wins and many more nominations".

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