Her worst fears were realised at the end of a year ago when Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson confessed he turned his back on Judd and Mira Sorvino based on remarks Weinstein had allegedly made about the actresses, and now the Frida star is taking action to seek justice for opportunities missed.
She claims to have met with Jackson and Walsh in or around 1998 to discuss two different roles in the film, but the pair "dropped their pursuit" of her for the project after Weinstein told them the studio had "a bad experience" working with Judd, according to the lawsuit.
Mr. Jackson rejected Mr. Weinstein's denial in subsequent public comments in December, saying that his creative partner on the films, Fran Walsh, "remembers these negative comments about Ashley and Mira as clearly as I do".
"With those baseless smears, Weinstein succeeded in blacklisting Ms Judd and destroying her ability to work on what became a multibillion-dollar franchise with 17 Academy Award wins and many more nominations", the suit states.
"Weinstein used his power in the entertainment industry to damage Ms. Judd's reputation and limit her ability to find work", it added.
She filed a lawsuit on Monday Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judd felt something "unseen" had been holding her career back, but she didn't realize until December that it was Weinstein.
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Judd's suit also includes detailed allegations from other actresses, including Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek, who claim Weinstein threatened to damage their acting careers as well.
About a year earlier at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, Weinstein - in what was supposed to be a business breakfast meeting - appeared in a bathrobe, asked Judd to watch him shower and to let him massage her, the suit alleges. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. If not, he championed her work and even helped her get cast in two of his movies, Frida (2002) and Crossing Over (2009).
The actress was one of the first women to open up about the alleged misconduct she witnessed in the producer's company, and accused him of blacklisting her and sabotaging her career after she refused his sexual advances.
'I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. "Mr. Weinstein obviously can't speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual", according to the full statement from Weinstein's spokesperson. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest.
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