Ashley Judd was one of the first actresses to speak out and name Harvey Weinstein as an alleged creep when The New York Times and The New Yorker blew the lid off his reputation as a handsy horror. Ashley wasn’t content with just telling her story; she also sued him a few months ago. But because Harvey thinks he’s done nothing wrong, he’s trying his damndest to have Ashley’s lawsuit thrown out.
Part of Ashley’s original complaint against Harvey was that after she turned down his advances, her career opportunities began to dry up, and she felt that he was punishing her. Ashley felt she had some proof after Peter Jackson came out and said that Harvey and Bob Weinstein actively steered him away from casting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in the Lord of the Rings films by claiming they were a “nightmare” to work with. Ashley filed a lawsuit, accusing Harvey of sexual harassment with career-killing consequences.
Variety says that on Tuesday, Harvey’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss Ashley’s lawsuit. They argued that what Harvey’s alleged actions – ie. calling her a “nightmare” to Peter Jackson – is an opinion, and not technically defamation. His lawyers also reportedly added in several other instances of people who have claimed Ashley was difficult to work with.
As for the sexual harassment claim, Ashley alleged that Harvey cornered her and asked for a massage and to watch him shower, to which she declined. Harvey’s lawyers shrugged that off, saying that whatever Harvey allegedly did to Ashley in a hotel room back in 1997 only happened one time, and it wasn’t “pervasive.” His lawyers also believe that Ashley’s complaint has long passed the statute of limitations.
One of the weirder arguments from Harvey’s lawyers is that Harvey couldn’t have sabotaged Ashley’s career, because that wasn’t part of the “bargain.” When Ashley was cornered in that hotel room, she got out by telling him he’d have to get her an Academy Award first. So in Harvey’s mind, that’s pretty much the same as trading a cup of sugar for three eggs with your neighbor. Got it.
Harvey’s lawyers really seem to be throwing everything at the wall and seeing what might stick. She was difficult, it was just a massage, it’s past the time limit, he had the best of intentions. You know, all the work Harvey has put into having Ashley’s lawsuit thrown out is going to come back and bite him in the ass later on. Harvey is currently looking at a long stint in prison. And this mountain of “evidence” against Ashley Judd is taking up valuable space in his brain that really should be saved for learning how to make ramen noodles with sink water and a hairdryer.