Ashley Judd suing Harvey Weinstein

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The document goes on to describe the "pathetic reality" that Weinstein was retaliating after Judd, 50, rejected his advances a year earlier, when he allegedly cornered her in a hotel room under the guise of discussing business.

In August 2017, Canosa says, Weinstein - who more than 100 women have accused of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape since exposes published in The New York Times and The New Yorker in October - verbally threatened her against speaking out.

The Times notes that it is rare for people to recover damages in suits such as this, as they can be hard to prove.

In her suit, she refers to comments made by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson late previous year, when he confessed to dropping Judd from his casting consideration for the 2001 blockbuster based on remarks Weinstein had allegedly made about her lack of professionalism. Jackson was considering Judd for a major role in his Lord of the Rings movies, and had met with her about the role. "Then all of a sudden, mysteriously, we never heard back". "I recall Miramax telling us they [Judd and Mira Sorvino] were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998", Jackson was quoted as telling Fairfax New Zealand.

Ashley Judd is suing Harvey Weinstein and said Tuesday she wants the former movie mogul to be held accountable for "illegal conduct" that caused her to lose money, status, prestige and power.

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"I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women - and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list".

"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".

In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judd accuses Weinstein of defamation, sexual harassment and violating California's unfair competition law.

Weinstein's spokesman pointed out at the time that Judd appeared in two subsequent Weinstein films - "Frida" (2002) and "Crossing Over" (2009) - and said Sorvino was also considered for other films. "From someone who has been thought of as a good friend, these claims are not only mystifying to Mr. Weinstein, but deeply upsetting, and they are not supported by the facts", Kupferstein said.

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