Ashley Judd Wins Appeal in Sexual Harassment Case Against Harvey Weinstein

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Ashley Judd is getting closer to justice in her sexual harassment suit against Harvey Weinstein.

According to Variety, a court of appeals reversed a lower court decision that threw out her claim on the basis that she was not Harvey’s employee at the time Ashley claimed he sexually harassed her.

The new ruling argues that he did exert power over her career in the mid-1990s. The actress claims Harvey lured her to his hotel room and asked her to watch him shower and tried to give her a massage.

“This is an important victory not only for Ms. Judd but for all the victims of sexual harassment in professional relationships.” Ashley’s lawyer, Theodore J. Boutrous, said to People magazine.

“The court correctly holds that California law forbids sexual harassment and retaliation by film producers and others in powerful positions, even outside the employment context, and we look forward to pursuing this claim against Mr. Weinstein at trial,” the statement concluded.

Furthermore, Judge Mary H. Murguia wrote for the panel, “(T)heir relationship consisted of an inherent power imbalance wherein Weinstein was uniquely situated to exercise coercion or leverage over Judd by virtue of his professional position and influence as a top producer in Hollywood. Therefore, the district court erred when it dismissed Judd’s sexual harassment claim.”

Nice! Justice is one step closer for Ashley. We think this case just might build a new perspective on how courts view sexual harassment claims. That’s a better future for everyone.