Actress Ashley Judd brands Harvey Weinstein's bid to throw out her defamation lawsuit against him 'offensive'

Ashley Judd's lawyers have branded Harvey Weinstein's bid to have her defamation lawsuit against him thrown out "offensive".

The 50-year-old actress claimed she lost out on a part in 'The Lord of the Rings' after she rejected the shamed movie mogul's sexual advances in a defamation lawsuit filed in April, and on Tuesday a court heard how Weinstein argued the Divergent star had "filed this action 20 years too late" as the alleged incident happened in 1998.

As well as not meeting the statute of limitations, his court documents also insisted the single incident was not "pervasive or severe" enough to amount to sexual harassment.

And Ashley's team have now responded to the "flawed motion", insisting they are confident they can "oppose" the bid to have the case dismissed.

They said in a statement: "Mr Weinstein's arguments seeking to escape the consequences of his despicable misconduct are not only baseless, they are offensive.

"We look forward to opposing his flawed motion, moving forward with discovery into his outrageous behaviour, and proving to a jury that Mr Weinstein maliciously damaged Ms Judd's career because she resisted his sexual advances."

In his own court documents, Weinstein - who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women - insisted Ashley's accusations against him weren't enough to quality as harassment.

Paperwork stated: "Weinstein's alleged unwanted sexual advances occurred on a single day and consisted of him asking to give Plaintiff a massage, asking her to help him pick out clothes, and asking her to watch him shower. These allegations fall far short of meeting the 'pervasive or severe' required element."

The Double Jeopardy star had alleged that she was blacklisted by Weinstein after the incident and that it affected her career, but he replied by saying "contention that she would have been a bigger star had she been cast in the films is wholly speculative".

In the original filing, Judd accused Weinstein of "retaliating" after she turned down the producer.

The court documents read: "The pathetic reality, however, was that Weinstein was retaliating against Ms. Judd for rejecting his sexual demands approximately one year earlier, when he cornered her in a hotel room under the guise of discussing business. A self-described 'benevolent dictator' who has bragged that 'I can be scary,' Weinstein used his power in the entertainment industry to damage Ms. Judd's reputation and limit her ability to find work."

The Hollywood star is claiming for damages, an order to prevent Weinstein from "engaging in further retaliatory conduct towards" her, an injunction against Weinstein to "cease engaging in unfair competition" and legal costs.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26:  Ashley Judd accepts the WMC Speaking Truth To Power Award onstage at the Women's Media Center 2017 Women's Media Awards at Capitale on October 26, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Women's Media Center)
Ashley Judd. Source: Getty



Tami Neilson talks fan-girl moments with Anika Moa - and even tries to out-sing her

She's been described as having "a great big canyon of a voice", and now Tami Neilson's back in the country after an international tour.

As a child, Neilson was in family band The Neilsons, touring with artists like Johnny Cash.

Ever the superstar, she even had the nerve to try and out-sing Seven Sharp guest host Anika Moa.

To hear Neilson's impressive set of pipes - and her ultimate fan-girl moment - click on the video above.


Nielsen is back from a smash overseas tour where her stunning voice has been turning heads. Source: Seven Sharp

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Raw video: Bodycam footage released of porn star Stormy Daniels' arrest at strip club

US police have released body camera footage of porn star Stormy Daniels', who sued US President Donald Trump over an alleged affair in 2006, arrest outside a strip club last week.

Ohio police released the footage today, which shows her arrest after allegedly touching three undercover detectives at a strip club.

The state law that police cited in Daniels' arrest at a strip club should not be enforced, an Ohio city attorney said.

Future charges filed under that law will not be prosecuted, Columbus city attorney Zach Klein wrote yesterday in a memo to the city's police chief. Klein also dismissed charges brought against two employees arrested with Daniels. 

The 10-year-old law states dancers at "sexually oriented" businesses are prohibited from touching customers and vice versa.

Klein called the law "glaringly inequitable" because its applicability depends on how regularly the employee performs. He also said employees who touch police are not in violation because on-duty public officials are not legally considered patrons.

Daniels was arrested last week and was accused of illegally rubbing undercover police officers' faces against her bare breasts during a strip club performance. Prosecutors dropped charges hours later, saying the law applied only to those who regularly performed at the club.

This was Daniels' debut at Sirens in Columbus.

Last week, Columbus police Chief Kim Jacobs said that she took full responsibility for the mistake made in Daniels' arrest and that the undercover officers' motivations will be reviewed internally.

Without providing details, Jacobs said unsubstantiated allegations about the officers' motivations were circulating on social media.

Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti said some of the officers had what appeared to be "very Pro-Trump" social media pages. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims to have had sex with Donald Trump before he became president, something Trump has denied.

Avenatti said Wednesday he applauds Klein's decision.

The lawyer representing the two employees arrested with Daniels said he was glad the situation was promptly addressed. But his clients' arrests still caused them lasting harm, including harassment and damage to their reputations, attorney Ed Hastie said.

Hastie added the undercover operation was a poor use of police resources.

"Vice teams should be stopping drug use instead of concerning themselves with the technicalities of what my clients were wearing," he said.
Messages seeking comment were left Wednesday for Columbus police.