July 29, 2020

Ashley Judd's sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein is back on.

A federal appeals court panel on Wednesday said the actress, who has accused Weinstein of sexually harassing her in his hotel room in the 1990s, can go forward with a harassment claim against him that had been thrown out, Variety and Bloomberg report.

A lower court previously decided Judd couldn't pursue her sexual harassment claim against the disgraced producer because she was not an employee of his at the time of the alleged incident, according to Variety. But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has now reversed that decision, saying the district court "erred" because the relationship between Weinstein and Judd "consisted of an inherent power imbalance wherein Weinstein was uniquely situated to exercise coercion or leverage over Judd by virtue of his professional position and influence as a top producer in Hollywood."

Judd came forward with her claims against Weinstein in 2017 and sued him in 2018, alleging he damaged her career after she denied his advances. At the time, she said Weinstein, who has since been convicted of rape and sentenced to more than two decades in prison, must "be held accountable for that conduct and for the ways in which he's damaged careers." Judd's lawyer told Deadline on Wednesday that the appeals court's decision is an "important victory" and that "we look forward to pursuing this claim against Mr. Weinstein at trial." Brendan Morrow

October 1, 2019

And we're back.

North Korean state media said Pyongyang and Washington are set to revive denuclearization talks with a preliminary meeting Friday followed by official negotiations Saturday, The Wall Street Journal reports. Morgan Ortagus, a State Department spokeswoman, confirmed Tuesday that U.S. and North Korean officials "plan to meet within the next week" to continue the stalled negotiations. Ortagus did not share any further details about the meeting.

The talks broke down in February after President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were unable to come to an agreement about the future of North Korea's nuclear program during a summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. The two leaders did meet briefly after Trump made an impromptu visit to the Demilitarized Zone in June where they agreed their countries would restart official talks at a later date, which appears to be approaching swiftly.

The timing may have something to do with the exit of Trump's former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who was more hawkish than the president when it came to dealing with Kim. North Korea reportedly considered Bolton a "nasty troublemaker," and officials were pleased when Trump forced him out of the White House. Bolton warned as recently as Monday that the Trump administration shouldn't trust Pyongyang, though there's not much he can do about it now. Read more at The Wall Street Journal. Tim O'Donnell

April 8, 2019

President Trump for months has been pushing for his administration to bring back a policy of separating migrant families at the border, NBC News reported on Monday.

This report came following the resignation of Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen on Sunday. Nielsen, NBC reports, had told Trump that DHS could not bring back this controversial practice, citing court orders and the fact that Trump himself signed an executive order ending it. Still, Trump has reportedly been making this demand since January, having grown convinced that the policy is effective.

It's not entirely clear whether this disagreement is what directly led to Nielsen's ouster, although it seems likely it played a role in combination with several other factors, including Trump suddenly rescinding the nomination of Ron Vitiello for director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Nielsen, CNN reports, was forced to resign as Senior Adviser Stephen Miller pushes for more resignations at the Department of Homeland Security. Nielsen also found requests from Trump to close ports of entry along the border "ineffective and inappropriate," per The New York Times.

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will now serve as the acting secretary of Homeland Security, and NBC reports that he would consider a new policy under which migrant parents would need to either be separated from their children or bring their children with them into detention. The Washington Post reported in October that this plan was being explored. Brendan Morrow

See More Speed Reads