Gutierrez dismissed Judd's sexual harassment case against the movie mogul, stating in the ruling obtained by CNN that Judd's legal team had "not adequately alleged that her relationship with Defendant was covered by the statute". But the judge ruled that lawmakers had "modified, rather than clarified" the 1999 law, making it inappropriate to apply its new standards retroactively.
"It even acknowledged that the common meaning of the words in the statute would encompass her professional relationship with Mr. Weinstein", he added.
Ms Judd's lawyer Theodore Boutrous said of Wednesday's court ruling that it would not prevent her "moving forward on multiple claims". Judd filed to restore the claim in October, after California's Legislature amended the state's harassment law to specifically include directors and producers.
Ashley Judd speaks at Time's Up during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 28, 2018, in New York City.
Gutierrez allowed Judd to proceed with her claims for defamation and retaliation. The actress was suing Weinstein after "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson said he didn't cast her in his films when Weinstein called her a "nightmare" to work with after she turned him down when he propositioned her.
Reacting to Weinstein's win, his lawyer, Phyllis Kupferstein, said in a statement: 'We have said from the beginning that this claim was unjustified, and we are pleased that the court saw it as we did.
Ashley Judd has been talking about her experience with Harvey Weinstein for years. In doing so, it made clear that it was not determining whether Ms. Judd was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term.
"The burden on Weinstein has the potential of being dramatically and unfairly negative if the stay is denied".
The disgraced Hollywood producer of movies such as Shakespeare in Love has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women.
Weinstein vehemently denied trying to derail Judd's career, and in August, he filed a motion asking for the actress' case to be dismissed, declaring the accusations are based on unfounded speculation.
Weinstein is to stand trial in May in NY on five charges, including rape, involving two other women.