Judd, who was among the first women to publicly speak out about Weinstein's behavior previous year to The New York Times, notes that since the Weinstein story broke, "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson said Weinstein discouraged him from casting Judd.
The actress said in a statement to the New York Times that any financial recuperation from the lawsuit would be donated to Time's Up "so that women and men in all professions may have legal redress for sexual harassment, economic retaliation and damage to their careers".
"Ashley is fighting back, but she also wants to point the way for others", Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. Thereafter, Ms. Judd was hired for not one, but two of Mr. Weinstein's movies, Frida in 2002 and Crossing Over with Harrison Ford in 2009.
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Weinstein has not yet commented on her lawsuit, but he has denied any "allegations of non-consensual sex" in the past.
"As my experience and the experience of others shows, even a few false statements from Mr. Weinstein could destroy potentially career-changing professional opportunities", Judd said in the same statement. In December, when Mr. Jackson told a publication in New Zealand that Mr. Weinstein had told him not to cast Ms. Judd or Mira Sorvino, Mr. Weinstein said in a statement that he had "no input into the casting whatsoever". I did not deal with them, I did not get trauma help, I did not get counseling, and all of a sudden... when Ronan [Farrow] asked me to talk to him about the Harvey Weinstein situation, I decided against all kinds of fear and terror to come out and speak.
Judd, a leading member of the "Time's Up" movement against sexual harassment in the workplace, is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial.
The lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court claims Weinstein sabotaged Judd's opportunity to land a role in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy after she refused his advances at a breakfast meeting in the late 1990s. "Ms. Judd brings this complaint to vindicate that principle, and to right the wrongs that Weinstein committed against her, among so many others".