Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys attempted — and failed — to get Ashley Judd’s defamation lawsuit tossed out of court, and now the disgraced movie mogul will face a jury as a 2020 trial date has officially been set.
According to Deadline, attorneys for both parties have agreed to participate in court-orchestrated mediation next month.
Although it’s unclear whether or not the sitdown will conclude with any results, a joint discovery plan was submitted to Judge Philip S. Gutierrez late last week and lists Jan. 28, 2020, as the start date for the trial.
“We intend to move quickly to discovery and trial on behalf of Ms. Judd and look forward to proving Mr. Weinstein’s outrageous conduct,” Judd’s lead lawyer, Theodore Boutrous exclusively told Deadline, which anticipates the trial could last about two weeks.
Just last month, Judge Gutierrez ruled that the 50-year-old actress could move forward with her lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein with claims of defamation and tortious interference but rejected her claim of sexual harassment.
Judd’s original lawsuit stemmed from an interview with director Peter Jackson from 2017, in which he claimed that Harvey Weinstein and brother Bob Weinstein made an effort to dissuade him from hiring Judd and actress Mira Sorvino for the Miramax-produced “Lord of the Rings” franchise, bolstering the actresses’ allegations they had been blacklisted after refusing Harvey Weinstein’s sexual advances.
According to Deadline, Judd’s legal team have been in close contact with Jackson, and the joint discovery plan revealed that both sides are trying to pull the Oscar-winning director into their respective cases.