A Canadian judge has rejected a legal challenge of a Toronto actress’ sexual assault lawsuit against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, his former assistant and two entertainment companies.

According to Global News, the decision delivered on Friday means the lawsuit, which alleges Weinstein sexually assaulted the actress 20 years ago, will proceed without alterations to the woman’s statement of claim.

The challenge to the suit was launched by Weinstein’s former assistant, Barbara Schneeweiss, who argued that claims concerning her were not necessarily in relation to any alleged sexual assault and consequently were subject to a statute of limitations that had expired.

The judge who heard the case disagreed with this.

"Although the claims against Schneeweiss are not for the sexual assaults themselves, they all involve civil liability for actions that relate directly to Weinstein’s (alleged) sexual assaults," said Justice Patrick Monohan.

The Toronto actress behind the lawsuit cannot be named. She alleged that Schneeweiss set up a meeting between her and Weinstein in 2000.