|She looks like she just ate the canary|
Harvey Weinstein's lawyers are calling on a US judge to dismiss a lawsuit from actress Ashley Judd -- who accuses the disgraced mogul of torpedoing her career -- on the grounds that she had made a sexual "deal" with him.Yes, I know, verbal agreements are supposed to be binding, but proving their existence can be problematical.
The 50-year-old actress says the once-influential Hollywood producer sabotaged her career by convincing Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson not to cast Judd after she rejected Weinstein's sexual advances.
Weinstein fell from grace after scores of women came forward with allegations against him ranging from harassment to rape.
But in a motion filed Tuesday in a Los Angeles court, Weinstein's defense team insisted Judd had struck a "deal" with Weinstein allowing him to touch her if she "won an Academy Award in one of his films."Well, she's won a bunch of awards, but never an Oscar, so it looks like he might have jumped the gun, so to speak. I'd like to see the contract, though.
Weinstein's attorneys claim the ex-movie mogul then "attempted to live up to his part of the bargain" by working to cast Judd in "as many roles as possible" -- including opposite Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, a role for which Minnie Driver ultimately won an Oscar nomination.
His action "reflects his motivation to advance her career, not ruin it" and undermines Judd's "defamation claim (as well as her retaliation claim) in its entirety," the court documents say.Unless he's telling the truth, and she's lying.
In a statement responding to the filing, a spokesperson for Judd said: "Mr. Weinstein's arguments seeking to escape the consequences of his despicable misconduct are not only baseless, they are offensive."
"We look forward to opposing his flawed motion, moving forward with discovery into his outrageous behavior, and proving to a jury that Mr. Weinstein maliciously damaged Ms. Judd's career because she resisted his sexual advances."In a veracity contest between Ashley Judd and Harvey Weinstein, the truth is the true loser.
Judd says Weinstein told director Jackson he'd had a bad experience with Judd, calling her a "nightmare."
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