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Ashley Judd on New Lawsuit Against Harvey Weinstein: He Smeared Me After ‘I Said No’

Ashley Judd filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein on Monday, alleging that the disgraced Hollywood mogul undermined her career after she rebuffed his sexual advances.

In an interview with ABC’s Amy Robach, Judd went into detail on her claims of what she lost after Weinstein blacklisted her among the acting community.

“What I want is for Mr. Weinstein to be held accountable for his illegal conduct,” Judd said. “I was on such a roll…[but] my career opportunities, after having been defamed by Harvey Weinstein, were significantly diminished.”

Much of the interview revolved around Weinstein’s smear campaign, and how it caused Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to not cast Judd and Mira Sorvino in his epic film franchise. Judd recalled how “I was being maligned and defamed because I stood up for myself,” and said that she hopes her lawsuit will prompt workplaces to create safer environments for women.

“My career was damaged because I rebuffed Mr. Weinstein’s sexual advances. I know it for a fact,” Judd said. “I lost career opportunity. I lost money. I lost status and prestige and power in my career as a direct result of having been sexually harassed and rebuffing the sexual harassment.”

Watch above, via ABC News.

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