Gibson Dunn, Boutrous Sue Harvey Weinstein on Behalf of Ashley Judd

Gibson Dunn, Boutrous Sue Harvey Weinstein on Behalf of Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd is suing disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein for allegedly "blacklisting" her from Hollywood after she rejected his advances. The actress says Weinstein poisoned her reputation with director Peter Jackson, prohibiting a possible casting in his blockbuster "Lord of the Rings" films.

Judd said the first time she became aware of why Sir Peter failed to cast her was when he spoke about the decision previous year as dozens of women publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.

The 50-year-old actress - who was one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment - read an open letter during an event in NY hosted by the Tribeca Film Festival and the Time's Up movement, which was promoting equality in the workplace. Since the claims became public numerous powerful men in entertainment, media and politics have been brought down by similar accusations. Judd was not Weinstein's employee in a conventional sense at the time of their encounter, but her complaint contends that she had a continuing business relationship with him.

"Ashley is fighting back, but she also wants to point the way for others", Theodore J. Boutrous Jr.

The statement did not address Judd's allegations that she was sexually harassed by Weinstein.

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"Weinstein torpedoed Ms. Judd's incredible professional opportunity when he told Mr. Jackson ... 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, '" attorneys for Judd said in the filing obtained by TheWrap.

Judd says she was filming Kiss the Girls in 1997 when Weinstein invited her to his hotel room, where he offered to massage her and asked that she watch him shower. Weinstein said, "When you get nominated".

Weinstein has previously denied trying to derail Judd's career.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court claims Weinstein sabotaged Judd's opportunity to land a role in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy after she refused his advances at a breakfast meeting in the late 1990s.

Judd told ABC she would donate any monetary reward to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund. "He also effectively blocked Ms. Judd from future opportunities to work with Mr. Jackson and Ms. Walsh".

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