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Judge cites Hollywood’s ‘casting couch’ history in Weinstein lawsuit ruling

An aspiring actress has claimed the former movie mogul forced her to perform a sex act.

A New York judge has cited the long history of the so-called casting couch in Hollywood, and said a lawsuit against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein can proceed to trial.

The ruling by US district judge Robert Sweet in Manhattan pertained to a lawsuit filed last year against Weinstein by aspiring actress Kadian Noble.

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Harvey Weinstein has denied any wrongdoing (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Weinstein has denied any wrongdoing.

Ms Noble claims Weinstein forced her to perform a sex act after pretending to have an interest in her career.

Judge Sweet said meeting a world-renowned film producer carries value for an aspiring actress, citing the long history of the casting couch.

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