Lord of The Rings director Peter Jackson could come forward as a key witness against Harvey Weinstein, supporting a defamation and sexual harassment suit against him by actor Ashley Judd. At least that's according to Judd's lawyer. She was one of the first women to publicly accuse Weinstein in 2017, giving rise to the me-too movements that tore through Hollywood, Washington, and corporate America.
At a court hearing Tuesday, Judd's attorney said Peter Jackson has spoke with her legal team and could come forward with a powerful testimony against the disgraced Hollywood mogul.>> Mr. Weinstein was, had the keys to the kingdom, he could make or break a career and he was abusing that position in order to engage in sexual misconduct.
>> At the same hearing Weinstein's attorney, Phyllis Kupferstein, asked the LA court to dismiss Judd's lawsuit, stating there weren't enough facts to pursue the allegation. The judge hasn't ruled on the request. Judd starred in a string of 90s thrillers, but in her lawsuit alleges her career was undermined when she lost out in a role in Lord of the Rings because she refused Weinstein's sexual advances.
The lawsuit cites an interview with the New Zealand director where he said Weinstein's former company, Miramax, had warned him Judd was a, quote, nightmare to work with, and it was that assessment that persuaded him not to cast her. He says he later came to believe she was the victim of a smear campaign.
>> We believe he will be a powerful witness, and I'll match him up against Harvey Weinstein any day of the week.>> Judd's attorney says the lawsuit could go to trial within a year. Weinstein is also facing sexual assault charges in New York. He denies all accusations.