A federal appeals court reopened a lawsuit filed by US actress Ashley Judd to accuse the former movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment with her, saying that Judge could sue him under California law on charges that he tried to support her career in exchange for sexual shows.
The San Francisco Court of Appeals said that Weinstein had great influence over Ashley Judd's march in 1997 when they held a business meeting in a hotel and the alleged harassment occurred.
"Due to his professional status and influence as a major Hollywood producer, Einstein was in a position to put down the force of compulsion or put pressure on Jude, who was a young actress at the beginning of her career," she added.
"This is a victory, not for Mrs. Judd alone, but for all victims of sexual harassment in professional relations," said Weinstein, who has never sexually abused, the court of appeals referred the case to a lower court for further deliberation.
A New York state court sentenced Weinstein to 23 years in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault and rape in a case that gave rise to the anti-harassment (Mi2) movement.
Ashley Judd (born Ashley Tyler Ciminella; April 19, 1968) is an American actress and a political activist. She grew up in a family of performing artists: she is the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and is also the half-sister of Wynonna Judd.
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