As Harvey Weinstein's criminal case moves to trial in New York, the former mogul scored a win on the West Coast Wednesday when a court dismissed part of Ashley Judd's sexual harassment suit against him.
Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of the United States District Court in Los Angeles ruled Wednesday that the actress' sexual harassment claim does not fall within the scope of a California statute. But the judge said Judd may proceed to trial with three separate allegations against Weinstein: defamation, economic interference and unfair competition, according to Judd's lawyer.
In July, Weinstein's lawyers called Judd's claim baseless. A judge at the time ruled that the California law Judd was suing under did not apply to the professional relationship she and the movie mogul had at the time.
"We have said from the beginning that this claim was unjustified, and we are pleased that the court saw it as we did," said Weinstein lawyer Phyllis Kupferstein in a statement to USA TODAY. "We believe that we will ultimately prevail on her remaining claims.”
Judd's lawyer was steadfast regardless of Wednesday's ruling in a statement to USA TODAY.
"Nothing about today's ruling changes that Ms. Judd's case is moving forward on multiple claims seeking millions of dollars in damages from Mr. Weinstein to punish his egregious misconduct," Theodore Boutrous Jr. said. "The court dismissed only one of Ms. Judd’s four claims for relief and our extremely strong case remains intact."
He continued: "The court made clear that it was not determining whether Ms. Judd was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term. It even acknowledged that the common meaning of the words in the statute would encompass her professional relationship with Mr. Weinstein. Nevertheless, the court ruled that the statute does not apply here. While we respectfully disagree with the court’s decision as to the one claim it ruled on, we look forward to pursuing the three claims for relief that the court has already ruled can move forward."
The actress says Weinstein blocked her from a part in "The Lord of the Rings" two years after she refused his advances in a hotel room.
After the Weinstein scandal broke last fall, director Peter Jackson said in an interview that Miramax had discouraged him from hiring Judd and actress Mira Sorvino, describing them as a "nightmare to work with."
Weinstein, 66, also faces criminal prosecution in New York City and is the target of other criminal investigations.
The former movie mogul has denied engaging in nonconsensual sexual activity.
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, The Associated Press
Recent allegations that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted and harassed women for years have come to light, ushering in a cataclysmic career downfall for him and many more. See the following cultural power players who have been accused of improper behavior. John Carucci, AP
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R. Kelly, 51, a singer, has been accused of sexual abuse, sexual coercion and physical violence by multiple accusers, who have come forward in the past year, alleging that the singer committed acts of sexual coercion and physical abuse. A 2017 Buzzfeed story reported that Kelly rented homes in Atlanta and Chicago for groups of women who allegedly perform sexual favors for him. He has denied the allegations. FREDERIC J. BROWN, AFP/Getty Images
Luc Besson, 59, a French film director, was accused of rape by an unnamed 27-year-old woman who alleges Besson put something in her tea that left her unconscious, according to a report from The Associated Press on May 19, 2018. She accuses him of touching and penetrating her without her consent at the Hôtel Bristol in Paris. Authorities are investigating the complaint. Besson has denied the allegations. Andy Wong, AP
Junot Díaz, 49, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, was accused of accused of sexual harassment and bullying by female authors including Zinzi Clemmons, Carmen Maria Machado and Monica Byrne on Twitter on May 4, 2018. Clemmons tweeted that when she was a graduate student, she invited Díaz to speak to a workshop, claiming Díaz used it as an opportunity “to corner and forcibly kiss me.” Tsar Fedorsky/AP
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Boyd Tinsley, 54, Dave Matthews Band's former violinist, was accused of sexual misconduct by James Frost-Winn, a Seattle-based trumpet player who worked for Tinsley as a member of the band Crystal Garden from about 2015 through 2016, according to a report from online entertainment magazine "Consequence of Sound" on May 17, 2018. Frost-Winn is seeking $9 million in damages against Tinsley, claiming he created a “hostile work environment” by making unwanted advancements and sending explicit texts. DMB denied previously knowing about the allegations. Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Safilo
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Actor and comedian Andy Dick has been fired from his role in the film 'Raising Buchanan' after he was accused of "groping people’s genitals, unwanted kissing/licking and sexual propositions of at least four members of the production on the set," according to 'The Hollywood Reporter.' Dick denied groping claims, but admitted to licking and propositioning people. Kevork Djansezian, Getty Images
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Anna Graham Hunter alleges that Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman groped her and talked about sex in front of her while she was a 17-year-old intern on the set of his 1985 TV-movie adaptation of 'Death of a Salesman.' Hoffman apologized in a statement to the 'Associated Press,' saying, “I have the utmost respect for women and feel terrible that anything I might have done could have put her in an uncomfortable situation… It is not reflective of who I am.” The following day, a second accuser, Wendy Riss Gatsiounis told 'Variety' the actor made verbal advances and tried to convince her to go to a hotel. Jordan Strauss, Invision/AP
Ethan Kath (Claudio Palmieri), 34, a songwriter and producer of Canadian music group Crystal Castles, is accused of rape by former bandmate Alice Glass, in a letter posted on her website. His response: "I am outraged and hurt by the recent statements made by Alice about me and our prior relationship,” the statement reads. “Fortunately, there are many witnesses who can and will confirm that I was never abusive to Alice.” C Flanigan, FilmMagic
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Ed Westwick known for his role on Gossip Girl is accused of sexual misconduct by two women. Actress Kristina Cohen accused Westwick in a Facebook post Nov. 6, of raping her at his house three years ago and filed a Hollywood police on Nov. 7. Westwick denied the allegations, tweeting on Nov. 7, "I do not know this woman. I have never forced myself in any manner, on any woman. I certainly have never committed rape." Rachel Eck accused him of groping her and unwanted advances in a Buzzfeed report on Nov. 14. Jeff Spicer, Getty Images
NBC fired Matt Lauer, longtime anchor of the 'Today 'show, on Nov. 28 following allegations of sexual misconduct with a colleague. After Lauer's dismissal, more allegations have surfaced. Lauer has admitted that there's enough truth in the allegations to make him feel embarrassed. 'To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry," he said in a statement. Lauer had been a part of the 'Today' team for more than 20 years. Zach Pagano, NBC