Actress Ashley Judd is suing Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein claiming he damaged her career in retaliation for her rejecting his sexual advances.

Ms Judd was in the first group of women who came forward last year to accuse the filmmaker of sexual misconduct.

Mr Weinstein is facing multiple claims of rape, intimidation and harassment.

It comes after Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson said last year that he had been considering Ms Judd for a role in the 2002 film but that she was “Blacklisted” following conversations with the Weinstein Company.

Mr Weinstein has said that he had no role in Mr Jackson’s casting and has denied trying to derail Ms Judd’s career.

A spokesperson for Mr Weinstein said in a statement that the producer had “Neither defamed Ms Judd nor ever interfered with Ms Judd’s career”.

Speaking to BBC Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur in January, Ms Judd said she believed that Mr Weinstein had “Blackballed” her because she was “Not frightened” of him.