Judge dismisses part of Judd's lawsuit against Weinstein


    This image released by Sony Pictures shows Jonah Hauer King, left, and Ashley Judd, with dog Shelby, portraying Bella, in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "A Dog's Way Home. (James Dittiger/Columbia Pictures - Sony via AP)

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has reportedly dismissed part of Ashley Judd's lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein.

    FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, file photo, Harvey Weinstein, center, leaves New York Supreme Court with his attorney Benjamin Brafman, left, in New York. Brafman says Weinstein’s sexual assault trial in New York is scheduled for May 6, 2019, but court officials say that’s tentative and unofficial. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    Judge Philip S. Gutierrez of 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 he said Judd may proceed to trial with separate allegations against Weinstein of defamation and economic interference, according to reports in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

    Judd says that after she rejected Weinstein's sexual advances two decades ago, he defamed her to "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson, hurting her career.

    This image released by Sony Pictures shows Ashley Judd, from left, Rolando Boyce and Annie Nelson in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "A Dog's Way Home. (James Dittiger/Columbia Pictures - Sony via AP)

    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.

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