Judge dismisses part of Ashley Judd's lawsuit against Weinstein
This combination photo shows Ashley Judd during the 2017 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., on July 25, 2017, left, and Harvey Weinstein at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 8, 2017. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, January 10, 2019 6:49AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 10, 2019 4:46PM EST
LOS ANGELES -- A judge has dismissed one section of Ashley Judd's lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, but the rest remains headed toward trial.
U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled Wednesday that Judd's sexual harassment claim isn't within the scope of a California statute.
Gutierrez had already rejected the claim in November but allowed Judd's lawyers to amend it, then dismissed it again.
Gutierrez said Judd's allegations of defamation and economic interference can continue.
Judd attorney Theodore Boutrous Jr. says nothing about the ruling changes the fact that Judd's lawsuit is moving forward, and her strong case remains intact.
Judd says that after she rejected Weinstein's sexual advances two decades ago, he sabotaged her career.
The 66-year-old Weinstein also faces criminal prosecution in New York.
Weinstein has denied engaging in nonconsensual sexual activity.