Ashley Judd dropped by "Good Morning America" to discuss the lawsuit she filed Tuesday against disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein for allegedly derailing her career after she rejected his sexual advances.
She was one of the first women to come out in opposition to the producer amidst the Time's Up movement, revealing that she had reportedly been invited to Weinstein's hotel room.
Watch above, via ABC News.
News of the alleged blacklisting of Judd and fellow actress Mira Sorvino first broke in December 2017, when Jackson told Stuff, a publication in New Zealand, that Weinstein had warned him away from the actresses, both of whom have now accused Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Jackson said Weinstein also warned him against casting Mira Sorvino, who has also alleged she is among Weinstein's victims. She says it feels wonderful to take a stand on behalf of her "younger self".
Late previous year, Jackson told New Zealand publication Stuff that when he proposed his plans for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to Miramax, the Weinstein brothers warned him that Judd and actress Mira Sorvino were hard to work with.
Ashley Judd said to The New York Times previously, 'I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask.
Ashley Judd said she didn't know Weinstein had fed false information about her during the casting of"Lord of the Rings
The statement from Weinstein's attorney also claims he "fought for Ms. Judd as his first choice for the lead role in "Good Will Hunting" and, in fact, arranged for Ms. Judd to fly to NY to be considered for the role".
Oscar-winning Jackson worked with Weinstein and his brother Bob early in the development of "The Lord of the Rings", and has said the pair acted like "second-rate Mafia bullies". Rose McGowan claims that he performed forced oral sex on her, which Weinstein denies.
Upon McGowan's arrival she describes Weinstein as "a warthog from hell", and that he was very terrifying to look at.
The New Zealand director said he had no direct knowledge of sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein, but that the producer pressured him not to hire Judd or Mira Sorvino.
Referring to Jackson's interview, the suit argues that "with [Weinstein's] baseless smears, [he] succeeded in blacklisting Ms Judd and destroying her ability to work on what became a multibillion-dollar franchise with 17 Academy Award wins and many more nominations". "Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest". Jackson apologized for playing any unwitting role in the damage done to the women's careers, and the lawsuit is quick to absolve him of any wrongdoing.
Judd is seeking both punitive damages and restitution as well as an injunction that would disallow Weinstein from "engaging in unfair competition".
Judd filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court and involves Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films, according to The New York Times.