Gutierrez previously said in September that the law upon which Judd's claim was based 'has never before been applied to an employer's sexual harassment of a prospective employee, and the court is not convinced that the statute was meant to cover such harassment'. She said Weinstein continued to "lord that traumatic event" over her and would mention their "little deal".
Gutierrez took pains to say he "is not determining whether Plaintiff was sexually harassed in the colloquial sense of the term", but only whether the incident fell under the scope of the statute her lawsuit cited. But the judge ruled that lawmakers had "modified, rather than clarified" the 1999 law, making it inappropriate to apply its new standards retroactively.
However, US District Judge Philip Gutierrez ruled that her relationship as an actress with the Hollywood producer was not covered under California law at the time, nor under a 2018 amendment made to include such relationships.
She claimed he further blacklisted her from other movie roles, too, and eventually sued him under the legal theory of "sexual harassment in a professional relationship".
Mr Weinstein's lawyer, Phyllis Kupferstein, welcomed the judge's decision.
"Nothing about today's ruling changes that Ms. Judd's case is moving forward on multiple claims", he said, adding, "While we respectfully disagree with the Court's decision as to the one claim it ruled on today, we look forward to pursuing the three claims for relief that the Court has already ruled can move forward".
Judd, one of the first women to come forward with claims about the once-powerful Weinstein, alleged that during a meeting to discuss future movie roles, Weinstein "appeared in his bathrobe, and, instead of discussing film roles, asked if he could give her a massage".
Judd's suit was filed in April.
Judd says that after she rejected Weinstein's sexual advances two decades ago, he defamed her to "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson, hurting her career.
The Oscar-winner has been accused of sexual misconduct from over 50 women, including Judd, since allegations of his bad behaviour hit headlines in exposes in October, 2017.
Weinstein is now awaiting trial on other sexual misconduct charges.
The disgraced Hollywood producer of movies like "Shakespeare in Love" has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women. Weinstein has said his encounters were consensual and that he never sexually assaulted anyone.