Actress Ashley Judd filed a suit against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday for behaving inappropriately toward her in the mid-1990s.
Judd is seeking damages for sexual harassment and defamation. She also contented in her suit that Weinstein violated California’s Unfair Competition Law.
The two-time Golden Globe nominee also said in a statement that any winnings she’ll get from the case against Weinstein will be donated to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund.
Judd shared that when she was cast in Miramax’s 1995 film “Smoke”, she was ordered to a breakfast meeting with its co-founder Weinstein, at the Peninsula Beverly Hills. The actress was asked to go up to his hotel room , and once inside, Weinstein then dressed in a bathrobe, asked Judd for a massage or a “shower audience.” Judd said she declined. “Smoke” pushed through, and she also appeared in a second Miramax feature, “Kiss the Girls.”
Judd became the first star to go on record about being a victim of Weinstein’s sexual misconduct.
Last December, Peter Jackson also revealed that he cut Judd from a list of actors being considered for his sweeping “Lord of the Rings” trilogy after Weinstein claimed that she was a “nightmare colleague.” Jackson admitted in hindsight that such may just have been part of Miramax smear campaign against Judd in full swing.
Judd said in her suit that such claims against her by Weinstein had an impact on her career. Her complaint read: “Weinstein’s wrongful and outrageous conduct has not just deprived Ms. Judd of the specific opportunity to play a prominent role in a blockbuster film trilogy; it has had a long-lasting ripple effect on her whole career.”