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Sexual Harassment News: Ashley Judd, Bernie Sanders

by HB Sexual Harassment Legal Team

01/10/2019

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Ashley Judd's harassment claims against Harvey Weinstein are dismissed, but judge says her defamation suit can go on

Ashley Judd's multi-pronged legal battle against Harvey Weinstein came to a bit of a crossroads on Wednesday.

US District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez dismissed Judd's sexual harassment case against the movie mogul, stating in the ruling obtained by CNN that Judd's legal team had "not adequately alleged that her relationship with Defendant was covered by the statute."

But Gutierrez ruled that Judd could move forward with her defamation case against Weinstein, in which she claims he derailed her career after she denied his alleged sexual advances in the 1990s.

Gutierrez's ruling said Judd's claims for defamation, intentional interference with prospective economic advantage and violation of California's unfair competition law could proceed. But he said she did not make the case for sexual harassment under the civil code that was in effect when her suit was filed, noting, "The Court makes clear that it is not determining whether Plaintiff was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term. The only question presented by the current motion is whether the harassment that Plaintiff allegedly suffered falls within the scope of the California statute that she has sued under." read more »

Top Bernie Sanders 2016 adviser accused of forcibly kissing subordinate

The claim is the latest complaint about a hostile environment for women on the campaign. Robert Becker denied wrongdoing.

As Sanders explores a second presidential bid, dozens of women and men who worked on the first campaign signed a letter requesting a meeting with Sanders and his leadership team “to discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the purpose of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle,” read more »

New Michael Jackson Documentary About Alleged Child Sex Abuse to Debut at Sundance

Two-part series Leaving Neverland will feature interviews with two men who say they were abused by the singer

The Sundance Film Festival has announced that a new, two-part Michael Jackson documentary titled Leaving Neverland will have its world premiere at this year’s festival. read more »