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Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein for Sexual Harassment and Defamation

By TheBlast Staff

Ashley Judd claims Harvey Weinstein torpedoed her career after she turned down his sexual advances and now she's suing the disgraced producer.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Judd claims she met with Peter Jackson in or around 1998 to discuss playing one of two different major roles in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. She says Jackson expressed to Miramax at the time that they wanted to cast her, but Weinstein intervened.

Judd says Weinstein "torpedoed Ms. Judd’s incredible professional opportunity when he told Mr. Jackson and Ms. Walsh that the studio had had a 'bad experience' with Ms. Judd, and that Ms. Judd was a 'nightmare' to work with and should be avoided 'at all costs.'"

By doing so, Judd claims 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."

She says the "baseless smears" were simply retaliation for "against Ms. Judd for rejecting his sexual demands approximately one year earlier, when he cornered her in a hotel room under the guise of discussing business."

Judd is claiming sexual harassment and defamation and is seeking unspecified damages.

She tweeted on Monday that she will donate any money she wins from the lawsuit to Time's Up.

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