Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinsteins lawyers have urged a judge to throw out a lawsuit that accuses him of blackballing actress Ashley Judd after she refused a sexual advance.
Judd sued Weinstein in April, alleging that he harmed her career by dissuading director Peter Jackson from casting her in "The Lord of the Rings" in 1998, reports variety.com.
She alleges that Weinstein was retaliating for her rebuff during a meeting at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.
In the motion to dismiss, Weinstein's attorneys argue that his alleged conduct did not amount to sexual harassment, and that Judd's allegations are barred by the statute of limitations.
Judd has said she only became aware of Weinstein's actions after Jackson gave an interview in December, in which he claimed that Miramax had engaged in a "smear campaign" against Judd and actress Mira Sorvino.