Ashley Judd goes it alone, says she is not settling with Hollywood honcho Harvey Weinstein
The actress says she is 'not a party of any settlement' with Weinstein.
Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein leaves the State Supreme Court on April 26, 2019 in New York, after a break in a pretrial hearing over sexual assault charges.Don Emmert / AFP - Getty Images file
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Weinstein’s representative did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
But when Judd first filed suit, a spokesman for Weinstein insisted the former producer had not defamed or interfered with Judd’s career.
Judd was one of the first women to speak out against Weinstein, telling The New York Times that he came onto her after inviting her to his hotel room in late 1996 or early 1997. She said he tried to massage her and asked her to watch him take a shower. She said she refused and walked out.
Two years later, Judd said she was up for a part in "The Lord of the Rings" but did not get it because Weinstein smeared her reputation and told director Peter Jackson that both she and actress Mira Sorvino were a "nightmare to work with."
Judd’s allegations helped launch the #MeToo movement and set off a national conversation about sexual harassment.
Last September, a federal judge ruled that Judd could pursue her allegations that Weinstein blackballed her for allegedly turning him down.
But Judge Philip Gutierrez dismissed Judd's sexual harassment claim, saying that it would be unprecedented to apply the statute to a prospective employer.
Corky Siemaszko is a senior writer for NBC News Digital.