Weinstein denies blacklisting actresses Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino

Weinstein denies blacklisting actresses Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino

The revelation that the Weinstein brothers put into place a smear campaign against Judd and Sorvino backs up their statements that they had been sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein, and had missed out on Jackson's trilogy because of the Weinstein brothers. The film originally was slated to be a Miramax picture, but Jackson and Weinstein had a falling out over the number of installments Jackson meant to make, he has said, so he took his project to New Line. Miramax allegedly told Jackson that they were a "nightmare" to deal with and they should avoid them at all costs. Miramax's comments led Jackson to avoid considering them for the films, he said.

Jackson said, now, he realizes that it was probably the "Miramax smear campaign", and they never really questioned the producers because they thought the production company was merely doing its job.

Sorvino tweeted Friday that director Peter Jackson's new account of the blacklisting made her "burst out crying". She says it is confirmation that Weinstein derailed her career.

Peter Jackson has revealed that Harvey Weinstein directly blacklisted two actresses from Lord of the Rings roles, for reasons he now believes were connected to his alleged assaults.

In an interview with New Zealand news website Stuff, Jackson said that he didn't have direct knowledge of the allegations against Weinstein.

He also accused Weinstein and his brother, Bob, of behaving like "second-rate Mafia bullies". "They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with - so I haven't", he said.

A Weinstein spokesman denied he had any influence over the casting for the films.

Weinstein has responded to Jackson's claims, insisting the director was "fed false information" about the actresses.

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Jackson noted that the Lord of the Rings trilogy bears Weinstein and Miramax's stamp, but that "he was not involved in the movies we ended up making".

The disgraced mogul denied all of Jackson's allegations in a lengthy statement sent to media outlets, saying that both women were considered for other Weinstein projects.

"There was no indication that Mira Sorvino had any issues until Mr. Weinstein read about the complaints in the news".

On Friday, a rep for Weinstein released a statement on his behalf.

"As recently as this year, Mira Sorvino called Mr. Weinstein and asked if her husband could be part of the SEAL television series he was producing and Mr. Weinstein cast him". Both women went on to work many more projects in Hollywood - although Sorvino's career has had more TV movies than you'd expect from a performer who earned an Academy Award for her first major role. He added that he hadn't interacted with Weinstein in 20 years.

In Judd's experience with Weinstein in 1997, she said the trauma is still so vivid that she clearly remembers the floor plan of his room at the hotel.

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