Actress Ashley Judd has filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, accusing disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of retaliating against her because she refused his sexual advances.
Judd contends that Weinstein smeared her reputation to director Peter Jackson, causing him not to cast her in “The Lord of the Rings”, and is seeking damages for defamation, sexual harassment and violations of California’s unfair business competition law. She said in a statement:
“Mr. Weinstein’s abusive conduct toward others has caused no end of damage to aspiring actors and others in the film and entertainment industry. As my experience and the experience of others shows, even a few false statements from Mr. Weinstein could destroy potentially career-changing professional opportunities. It’s time that Mr. Weinstein be held accountable for that conduct and for the ways in which he’s damaged careers.”
Judd’s attorney, Theodore Boutrous of Gibson Dunn, said that any recovery from the suit would be donated to a charity that benefits women. The news comes as Lantern Capital’s $435 million stalking horse bid has won it the distressed assets of what remains of The Weinstein Company.
Meetings with the bankruptcy court will be held tomorrow, to begin the negotiations to hammer out a formal takeover by Lantern who gets the company’s film library, completed film and TV projects and development, and an obligation to keep the 80 or so employees still believed to be working for the company. Lantern will have to invest at least an additional $100 million in capital to get the company up and running again.