(SW) – Actress Ashley Judd is filing suit against Harvey Weinstein for allegedly sexually harassing her and damaging her career. She claims the disgraced film producer got back at her for refusing his sexual advances in the 90’s by telling the casting directors for the “Lord of the Rings” movies she was horrible to work with.
Judd says the alleged comment convinced the directors not to put her in the films, and also restricted her ability to find other work.
Her suit also includes claims from Uma Therman, Salma Hayek and other actresses who say Weinstein threatened to harm their careers if they turned down sexual advances.
The 66-year-old is facing multiple other suits from actresses accusing him of sexual harassment and assault. He is also currently under investigation in New York, Los Angeles and London.
(SL) – I think for the bulk of the population the sexual harassment allegations have been pretty exhausting. Mostly, in part, because not all of them are with merit. If you examine some of these stories carefully, you’ll find that some of these women simply sold themselves short in an effort to get ahead or for personal satisfaction, over exaggerated a man’s attempt to make a pass at her or simply just lied.I have no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has had some questionable behavior but when Salma Hayek voiced her disgust and accused him of forcing her into a lesbian love scene for ‘Frida’ it really made me think about just how many women possibly played themselves with this man to get what they want. Reading Salma’s story, I never once read ‘he held me down and forced me to engage in this behavior on screen’.
I read accusations that claimed the only way she could get the movie made was if she ‘added’ the lesbian scene which at any given time she could’ve said ‘ no thanks’. BUT she was so eager to complete the project that she added the scene. Fast forward, and now years later, she wants to say ‘He forced me to do it’. NO, he didn’t. You agreed to add the scene to get your movie made. I’ve also been paying attention to the accusations made against Russell Simmons. Keri Claussen Khaligi said she ‘acquiesced’ and performed oral sex on him. That is not rape.
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