Peter Jackson: Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino

Peter Jackson revealed in a recent interview that he was strongly urged, likely under false pretenses, to avoid casting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in his Lord of the Rings franchise by Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob, back in the late 1990s.

revealed in a recent interview that he was strongly urged, likely under false pretenses, to avoid casting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in his

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably 1998,” he told New Zealand publication Stuff , recounting how the Weinstein brothers had warned him against hiring the actresses, who have both spoken out against Harvey in recent months with allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably 1998,” he

, recounting how the Weinstein brothers had warned him against hiring the actresses, who have both spoken out against Harvey in recent months with allegations of sexual misconduct.

“At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us – but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” he said, calling the producer brothers “second-rate Mafia bullies.”

“I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women – and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list,” he continued.

Both Judd and Sorvino have publicly accused Weinstein of sexually harassing them ; both also rejected the mega producer’s advances, and based on Jackson’s recent revelations, suffered the professional consequences.

; both also rejected the mega producer’s advances, and based on Jackson’s recent revelations, suffered the professional consequences.

“Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying,” Sorvino tweeted Friday after reading the piece. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

Judd also offered up her own response to the allegation, tweeting “I remember this well” along with a link to the article.

In the interview published Thursday, Jackson also recounted how he had a bad experience working with the Weinstein brothers – and so opted never to do so again after New Line took over production of the Lord of the Rings films.

In the interview published Thursday, Jackson also recounted how he had a bad experience working with the Weinstein brothers – and so opted never to do so again after New Line took over production of the

“They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with – so I haven’t,” he said. “Although his name had to be on the Lord of the Ring credits for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies we ended up making. … I vaguely remember bumping into him [Weinstein] at some award show or premiere at the time of their release, but it’s been 20 years since my last interaction of any substance with Harvey Weinstein.”

“They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with – so I haven’t,” he said. “Although his name had to be on the

credits for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies we ended up making. … I vaguely remember bumping into him [Weinstein] at some award show or premiere at the time of their release, but it’s been 20 years since my last interaction of any substance with Harvey Weinstein.”

In a statement, a rep for Weinstein said , “while Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film [ Lord of the Rings ] they had no input into the casting whatsoever …. until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for Variety two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [ Frida and Crossing Over ] and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well.”

two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [

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Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino have addressed director Peter Jackson ‘s claims that Harvey and Bob Weinstein made an effort to blacklist the two actresses from starring in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise in the late 1990s. Harvey Weinstein denied the allegation, through a spokesperson.

‘s claims that Harvey and Bob Weinstein made an effort to blacklist the two actresses from starring in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise in the late 1990s.

“While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film, they had no input into the casting whatsoever,” a spokesperson said.

were executive producers of the film, they had no input into the casting whatsoever,” a spokesperson said.

In an interview with New Zealand media outlet Stuff , Jackson discussed working on the Miramax-produced “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” films with Weinstein.

, Jackson discussed working on the Miramax-produced “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” films with Weinstein.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said.

“In hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” he said. “I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result, their names were removed from our casting list.”

Sorvino said she was “heartsick” over seeing the claims. “Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick,” she wrote Friday morning on Twitter. Judd responded on Thursday night, saying, “I remember this well.”

Sorvino said she was “heartsick” over seeing the claims. “Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you

for being honest. I’m just heartsick,” she wrote Friday morning on Twitter. Judd responded on Thursday night, saying, “I remember this well.”

Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick

While Jackson said he had “no direct experience or knowledge of the sexual allegations” against Weinstein, he had decided earlier to never collaborate with him again. He recalled Weinstein and his brother, Bob, being difficult to work with.

“My experience, when Miramax controlled the ‘Lord of the Rings’ (before New Line took over production of the film), was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate mafia bullies. They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with — so I haven’t,” he said.

Jackson said Weinstein’s bullying tactics also targeted him. At one point, Jackson claimed, Weinstein threatened to fire him if he didn’t follow Weinstein’s demands to make the “LOTR” adaptation into one film rather than two. Eventually, Jackson took the films to New Line.

“Although his name had to be on the ‘Lord of the Rings’ credits for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies we ended up making,” Jackson said. “I vaguely remember bumping into him (Weinstein) at some award show or premiere at the time of their release, but it’s been 20 years since my last interaction of any substance with Harvey Weinstein.”

Judd and Sorvino were among the first to publicly come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein back in October.

Mr. Weinstein has nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson. However, as Mr. Jackson will probably remember, because Disney would not finance the “Lord of the Rings,” Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line.

While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film, they had no input into the casting whatsoever.

Secondly, until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for Variety two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [“Frida” and “Crossing Over”] and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well.

two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [“Frida” and “Crossing Over”] and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well.

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

As recently as this year, Mira Sorvino called Mr. Weinstein and asked if her husband could be part of the SEAL television series [“Six”] he was producing and Mr. Weinstein cast him; when Christopher Backus received a better offer, Mr. Weinstein allowed him to amicably break his contact to pursue the opportunity.

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Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino have responded to director Peter Jackson’s comments that Harvey Weinstein blacklisted them. Jackson said in an interview with New Zealand media outlet Stuff that Harvey and Bob Weinstein specifically told him not to hire Judd or Sorvino for the “Lord of the Rings” movies.

Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino have responded to director Peter Jackson’s comments that Harvey Weinstein blacklisted them. Jackson said in an interview with New Zealand media outlet

that Harvey and Bob Weinstein specifically told him not to hire Judd or Sorvino for the “Lord of the Rings” movies.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said of Judd and Sorvino. “I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.”

Jackson added, “I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”

“There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure,” she wrote. “Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.” Sorvino previously told The New Yorker she believed that her career suffered because she rebuffed a sexual advance by Weinstein.

“There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure,” she wrote. “Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.” Sorvino previously told

Judd tweeted the article and wrote, “I remember this well.” She also said later that Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh had talked to her about participating in the film and they “showed me all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything. They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter.”

the article and wrote, “I remember this well.” She also said later that Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh had talked to her about participating in the film and they “showed me all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything. They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter.”

In the Stuff interview, Jackson referred to the Weinstein brothers as “second-rate Mafia bullies” and said he decided not to work with them again. Miramax backed the “Lord of the Ring” franchise before New Line took over the series. Jackson said that while Harvey Weinstein’s name is on the films for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies.

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Film director Peter Jackson has admitted to blacklisting actors Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in response to a “smear campaign” orchestrated by accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.

actors Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in response to a “smear campaign” orchestrated by accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,” Jackson said, referencing the production company Weinstein ran with his brother Bob. As a direct result, he said, both women fell out of the running for parts in his Lord of the Rings series.

“At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us. But in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing. I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women.”

His admission in an interview published on Thursday offers the latest glimpse into the Weinstein machine – the byzantine network of alleged enablers and informants, the gossip and threats Weinstein is accused of using to protect himself against sexual assault claims and punish those who rejected his advances.

– the byzantine network of alleged enablers and informants, the gossip and threats Weinstein is accused of using to protect himself against sexual assault claims and punish those who rejected his advances.

Sorvino and Judd have both claimed they refused Weinstein’s pressure to have physical relationships, and Sorvino has said she felt “iced out” of the industry after rejecting his advances.

On seeing Jackson’s interview, Sorvino tweeted on Friday: “I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

On seeing Jackson’s interview, Sorvino tweeted on Friday: “I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that

derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

Jackson denied knowing about sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein and said he has long since ceased to work with the Weinstein brothers because they acted like “second-rate mafia bullies”.

Although Jackson was, in the early 1990s, developing the Lord of the Rings series for Miramax, production eventually moved to New Line Cinema.

A spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein denied he and his brother, who were credited as executive producers on the series, had any input on casting choices.

“Mr Weinstein has nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson . However, as Mr Jackson will probably remember, because Disney would not finance the Lord of the Rings, Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line,” the spokesperson said in an email.

. However, as Mr Jackson will probably remember, because Disney would not finance the Lord of the Rings, Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line,” the spokesperson said in an email.

The spokesperson said Weinstein cast Judd for other films after Weinstein’s harassment was alleged to have occurred and “Sorvino was always considered for other films as well”.

Earlier this year, the spokesperson claimed, Sorvino asked Weinstein to cast her husband, Christopher Backus, in a television series.

The New York Times and the New Yorker previously reported that Weinstein cultivated a far-reaching network of entertainment professionals, spies, and media allies to help him deflect potential exposure or retaliate against the source of those threats.

Weinstein is alleged to have told multiple women he could enhance their careers or ruin them depending on how they responded to his sexual advances. One actor, Annabella Sciorra, has accused Weinstein of violently raping her and suspects him of ruining her reputation.

Weinstein is alleged to have told multiple women he could enhance their careers or ruin them depending on how they responded to his sexual advances. One actor, Annabella Sciorra, has

“From 1992, I didn’t work again until 1995,” she told the New Yorker. “I just kept getting this pushback of ‘We heard you were difficult; we heard this or that.’ I think that that was the Harvey machine.”

Darryl Hannah claimed she resisted Weinstein’s advances and experienced “instant repercussions”. After an international premiere of Kill Bill 2, she recalled to the magazine, a Miramax company place left without her, and her flights, stylists and accommodations were cancelled for another.

Also on Thursday, the New York police department announced it was opening an investigation into Russell Simmons, the rap mogul and founder of Def Jam Recordings, after multiple women accused the powerful music producer of rape and sexual assault.

Another accuser, Kelly Cutrone, a TV personality, author, and fashion publicist, emerged Friday morning. She claimed Simmons – who has denied previous rape allegations – tried to rape her and she escaped after a violent struggle.

“I remember running out the door and getting a cab and all I remember was that I got in a cab and I remember a feeling – which was so crazy – of, ‘Oh my god. Somebody just tried to rape me. What do I do?'” she told Page Six. “And then the energy of going to the police and pressing charges against him was overwhelming to me.”

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Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd are speaking out against Harvey Weinstein , following director Peter Jackson’s claim that the producer and his brother Bob Weinstein attempted to prevent the two women from starring in his Lord of the Rings franchise.

, following director Peter Jackson’s claim that the producer and his brother Bob Weinstein attempted to prevent the two women from starring in his

Speaking with New Zealand publication Stuff , Jackson said that when he pitched his initial plans for both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to Miramax, the Weinstein brothers — whom he described as “second-rate Mafia bullies” — warned him that Sorvino and Ashley Judd were difficult to work with.

to Miramax, the Weinstein brothers — whom he described as “second-rate Mafia bullies” — warned him that Sorvino and Ashley Judd were difficult to work with.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said. “At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.”

“I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list,” he said.

Jackson also added that “Although [Weinstein’s] name had to be on the Lord of the Rings credits for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies we ended up making.” Jackson ultimately worked with NewLine to develop the blockbuster franchise.

credits for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies we ended up making.” Jackson ultimately worked with NewLine to develop the blockbuster franchise.

In response to Jackson’s claims, Sorvino wrote on social media that she was “heartsick” over the news.

“Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick,” she added.

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A spokesperson for Weinstein said in a statement to PEOPLE that “while Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film [ Lord of the Rings] they had no input into the casting whatsoever.” It went on to add that “until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for Variety two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [ Frida and Crossing Over ] and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well.”

A spokesperson for Weinstein said in a statement to PEOPLE that “while Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film [

they had no input into the casting whatsoever.” It went on to add that “until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for Variety two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [

Over 50 women have accused Weinstein, 65, of sexual misconduct since The New York Times and The New Yorker documented decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault involving a number of women in detailed articles in October.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Weinstein’s attorneys, Blair Berk and Benjamin Brafman, previously said: “Mr. Weinstein has never at any time committed an act of sexual assault, and it is wrong and irresponsible to conflate claims of impolitic behavior or consensual sexual contact later regretted, with an untrue claim of criminal conduct. There is a wide canyon between mere allegation and truth, and we are confident that any sober calculation of the facts will prove no legal wrongdoing occurred.

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The film director spoke to the New Zealand publication Stuff about his working relationship with Harvey, who he met in the ’90s when Jackson was pitching his plans for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings .

about his working relationship with Harvey, who he met in the ’90s when Jackson was pitching his plans for

Jackson claimed that Harvey and his brother Bob Weinstein had blacklisted both Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino –two of the women who came forward with sexual assault allegations against Harvey.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,” Jackson said. “This was probably in 1998.”

He continued, “At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us – but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.”

Jackson admitted, “I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women – and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”

Interestingly enough, Jackson said it was the Weinstein brothers that were most difficult to work with.

“My experience, when Miramax controlled the Lord of the Rings [before New Line took over production of the film], was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies,” Jackson revealed. “They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with – so I haven’t. Although his name had to be on the Lord of the Rings credits for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies we ended up making.”

[before New Line took over production of the film], was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies,” Jackson revealed. “They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with – so I haven’t. Although his name had to be on the

Jackson claimed Weinstein threatened to remove him as director of Lord of the Rings if he didn’t turn the proposed two-part film into one, forcing Jackson to search elsewhere.

Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I?m just heartsick

Sorvino also spoke out, thanking Jackson. “Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying,” she wrote. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

“Mr. Weinstein has nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson,” the statement began. “However, as Mr. Jackson will probably remember, because Disney would not finance the Lord of the Rings , Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line. While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film they had no input into the casting whatsoever.”

“Mr. Weinstein has nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson,” the statement began. “However, as Mr. Jackson will probably remember, because Disney would not finance the

, Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line. While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film they had no input into the casting whatsoever.”

It continued, “Secondly, until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for Variety two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint, and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [ Frida and Crossing Over ], and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well. There was no indication that Mira Sorvino had any issues until Mr. Weinstein read about the complaints in the news.”

two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint, and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [

], and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well. There was no indication that Mira Sorvino had any issues until Mr. Weinstein read about the complaints in the news.”

The statement concluded, “As recently as this year, Mira Sorvino called Mr. Weinstein and asked if her husband could be part of the SEAL television series [ Six ] he was producing, and Mr. Weinstein cast him; when Christopher Backus received a better offer, Mr. Weinstein allowed him to amicably break his contact to peruse the opportunity.”

The statement concluded, “As recently as this year, Mira Sorvino called Mr. Weinstein and asked if her husband could be part of the SEAL television series [

received a better offer, Mr. Weinstein allowed him to amicably break his contact to peruse the opportunity.”

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Peter Jackson has confirmed what Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino have long feared, that Harvey Weinstein torpedoed their chances in Hollywood. Addressing the Weinstein allegations for the first time in a new interview, the director described the manipulation that allegedly went on behind the scenes of Lord of the Rings when Mirimax was initially involved in developing the trilogy. “I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998. At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us,” he says. “But in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing. I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.” Jackson claims he had “no direct experience or knowledge” of Weinstein’s alleged misconduct at that time.

Peter Jackson has confirmed what Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino have long feared, that Harvey Weinstein torpedoed their chances in Hollywood.

when Mirimax was initially involved in developing the trilogy. “I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998. At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us,” he says. “But in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing. I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.” Jackson claims he had “no direct experience or knowledge” of Weinstein’s alleged misconduct at that time.

Both Judd and Sorvino are among the dozens of women who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, each going on the record as part of the New York Times and New Yorker investigations . Upon reading Jackson’s comments, Judd and Sorvino have responded with little surprise. Sorvino tweeted , “Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.” Judd appears to support Jackson’s casting story, tweeting , “I remember this well.”

Both Judd and Sorvino are among the dozens of women who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, each

, “Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.” Judd appears to support Jackson’s casting story,

New Line ultimately took over production of Lord of the Rings (Mirimax retained a credit) after Weinstein allegedly threatened to remove Jackson as director if he didn’t condense the trilogy into one film. “Harvey said to [screenwriter] Fran [Walsh] and I, ‘You’ve got to make one movie, or I’m going to take it away from you,'” he recalled to Deadline in 2012. “Harvey gave us four weeks to [shop it to other studios as a trilogy], and then he was going to take it back and it would be the end of us.” Jackson now says he was put off for good by the Weinsteins’ behavior during that process: “My experience, when Miramax controlled the Lord of the Rings was of Weinstein and his brother [Bob] behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with — so I haven’t.” He added, “Movie making is much more fun when you work with nice people.” Jackson’s story comes days after Salma Hayek shared her own experience of Weinstein allegedly terrorizing her throughout the making of Frida, which he denied.

(Mirimax retained a credit) after Weinstein allegedly threatened to remove Jackson as director if he didn’t condense the trilogy into one film. “Harvey said to [screenwriter] Fran [Walsh] and I, ‘You’ve got to make one movie, or I’m going to take it away from you,'” he

in 2012. “Harvey gave us four weeks to [shop it to other studios as a trilogy], and then he was going to take it back and it would be the end of us.” Jackson now says he was put off for good by the Weinsteins’ behavior during that process: “My experience, when Miramax controlled the

was of Weinstein and his brother [Bob] behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with — so I haven’t.” He added, “Movie making is much more fun when you work with nice people.” Jackson’s story comes days after Salma Hayek shared

Update, 1:15 p.m.: Weinstein has responded to Jackson’s comments in a statement via his spokesperson claiming that he and his brother “had no input on the casting whatsoever” because Mirimax lost LOTR to New Line. He says he had no knowledge of Judd’s complaints and offered her future rules, including in Frida , and that Sorvino was “always considered for other films as well.” Weinstein also claims to have offered Sorvino’s husband a role on the History Channel show Six at her request this year, and allowed him to “amicably break his contact [ sic ]” when he received a better offer.

Weinstein has responded to Jackson’s comments in a statement via his spokesperson claiming that he and his brother “had no input on the casting whatsoever” because Mirimax lost

to New Line. He says he had no knowledge of Judd’s complaints and offered her future rules, including in

, and that Sorvino was “always considered for other films as well.” Weinstein also claims to have offered Sorvino’s husband a role on the History Channel show

Mr. Weinstein has nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson. However, as Mr. Jackson will probably remember, because Disney would not finance the “Lord of the Rings”, Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line.

While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film they had no input into the casting whatsoever.

Secondly, until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for Variety two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [“Frida” and “Crossing Over”] and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well.

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

As recently as this year, Mira Sorvino called Mr. Weinstein and asked if her husband could be part of the SEAL television series [Six] he was producing and Mr. Weinstein cast him; when Christopher Backus received a better offer, Mr. Weinstein allowed him to amicably break his contact to puruse the opportunity.

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Dec. 15 (UPI) — Peter Jackson says Harvey Weinstein blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino while he was pitching the Lord of the Rings movies in the late 1990s.

The 56-year-old New Zealand filmmaker, who directed the trilogy, said in an interview with Stuff that Weinstein told him to avoid casting Judd and Sorvino while he was in talks with the producer’s company Miramax.

that Weinstein told him to avoid casting Judd and Sorvino while he was in talks with the producer’s company Miramax.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said of the casting process for the movies, which were ultimately produced by New Line Cinema.

“At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” he added. “I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”

Judd and Sorvino are among the numerous women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse over the past few months. The actresses reacted to Jackson’s remarks on Twitter this week.

“Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying,” Sorvino confessed Friday. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

Friday. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

Actress Salma Hayek is among Weinstein’s other accusers. The Mexican-American star said in an op-ed published this week that Weinstein pressured her to film a lesbian sex scene in the movie Frida after she rejected his sexual advances.

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The filmmaker says that he was told to avoid working with Judd and Sorvino “at all costs” when he was packaging his blockbuster franchise ‘Lord of the Rings.’ Judd, Sorvino and Weinstein have all responded to Jackson’s claims.

Mira Sorvino recently told The Hollywood Reporter that she couldn’t say “for certain” that her career was impacted after she refused Harvey Weinstein’s advances when she was a young actress on the verge of stardom and about to win a best supporting actress Oscar for Mighty Aphrodite . “I was not offered any movie roles past 1996,” she said, wondering just how Weinstein may have retaliated against her. “Radio silence.”

that her career was impacted after she refused Harvey Weinstein’s advances when she was a young actress on the verge of stardom and about to win a best supporting actress Oscar for

. “I was not offered any movie roles past 1996,” she said, wondering just how Weinstein may have retaliated against her. “Radio silence.”

In a new interview with New Zealand’s Stuff , blockbuster director Peter Jackson addressed the Weinstein scandal and said that he was told by Weinstein’s company not to hire actresses Sorvino and Ashley Judd, the latter of whom also had rejected Weinstein’s sexual advances in a Beverly Hills hotel room around the same time. “I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson told writer Dani McDonald. “At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.”

, blockbuster director Peter Jackson addressed the Weinstein scandal and said that he was told by Weinstein’s company not to hire actresses Sorvino and Ashley Judd, the latter of whom also had rejected Weinstein’s sexual advances in a Beverly Hills hotel room around the same time. “I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson told writer Dani McDonald. “At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.”

Jackson and Weinstein were in business together as Jackson was putting the pieces together for what would be his massively successful three-picture franchise The Lord of the Rings. The film originally was slated to be a Miramax picture, but Jackson and Weinstein had a falling out over the number of installments Jackson intended to make, he has said, so he took his project to New Line. Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein both have executive producer credits on all three films.

Jackson and Weinstein were in business together as Jackson was putting the pieces together for what would be his massively successful three-picture franchise

The film originally was slated to be a Miramax picture, but Jackson and Weinstein had a falling out over the number of installments Jackson intended to make, he has said, so he took his project to New Line. Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein both have executive producer credits on all three films.

“I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list,” Jackson continued.

Jackson’s statements immediately struck a nerve, not only with Judd and Sorvino, but with women who have experienced similar harassment in the workplace. A through-line of nearly every single story is the lingering fear of losing career opportunities or advancement, or simply, losing a stable job. Judd just summed it up to Esquire , saying , ” Our greatest fear is being thrown out of a tribe, and that’s what happens when we’re being aggressed upon — we’ll get thrown out if we don’t comply.”

Jackson’s statements immediately struck a nerve, not only with Judd and Sorvino, but with women who have experienced similar harassment in the workplace. A through-line of nearly every single story is the lingering fear of losing career opportunities or advancement, or simply, losing a stable job. Judd just summed it up to

Our greatest fear is being thrown out of a tribe, and that’s what happens when we’re being aggressed upon — we’ll get thrown out if we don’t comply.”

Jackson’s quotes elicited an emotional response from Sorvino. “Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying,” she tweeted Friday morning. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

Jackson’s quotes elicited an emotional response from Sorvino. “Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying,” she

Friday morning. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

As for Judd, she confirmed that she recalled the LOTR situation. “I remember this well,” she posted Thursday night. By Friday, she followed it up with a more specific memory, tweeting about a meeting with Jackson and wife and longtime collaborator Fran Walsh. “Peter & Fran had me in — showed me all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything. They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter.”

situation. “I remember this well,” she posted Thursday night. By Friday, she followed it up with a more specific memory, tweeting about a meeting with Jackson and wife and longtime collaborator Fran Walsh. “Peter & Fran had me in — showed me all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything. They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter.”

Through his rep at Sitrick and Co., the disgraced mogul denied all of Jackson’s allegations in a lengthy statement sent to media outlets Friday morning, saying that both women were considered for other Weinstein projects. As an executive producer, Weinstein asserts that he had “no input” on casting, and that he continued to work with Judd and Sorvino’s husband, Christopher Backus. “Mr. Weinstein has nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson. However, as Mr. Jackson will probably remember, because Disney would not finance the Lord of the Rings , Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line,” reads the statement.

Through his rep at Sitrick and Co., the disgraced mogul denied all of Jackson’s allegations in a lengthy statement sent to media outlets Friday morning, saying that both women were considered for other Weinstein projects. As an executive producer, Weinstein asserts that he had “no input” on casting, and that he continued to work with Judd and Sorvino’s husband, Christopher Backus. “Mr. Weinstein has nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson. However, as Mr. Jackson will probably remember, because Disney would not finance the

The rep also said that there were no indications that Judd or Sorvino had any issues with Weinstein until he read about their allegations in the press — first with Judd in Variety two years ago, and then with Sorvino in The New Yorker . “Until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for Variety two years ago, no one at the company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein — Frida and Crossing Over — and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well,” countered the rep.

The rep also said that there were no indications that Judd or Sorvino had any issues with Weinstein until he read about their allegations in the press — first with Judd in

two years ago, no one at the company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein —

The rep added that Sorvino called “Mr. Weinstein” earlier this year to ask if her husband could join the cast of his Seal team TV project Six . “Mr. Weinstein cast him; when Christopher Backus received a better offer, Mr. Weinstein allowed him to amicably break his contact to pursue the opportunity,” the rep added. (Backus has a role on the Amazon series Bosch, though its not known if that is the project.)

The rep added that Sorvino called “Mr. Weinstein” earlier this year to ask if her husband could join the cast of his Seal team TV project

. “Mr. Weinstein cast him; when Christopher Backus received a better offer, Mr. Weinstein allowed him to amicably break his contact to pursue the opportunity,” the rep added. (Backus has a role on the Amazon series

Sorvino’s rep on Friday dismissed Weinstein’s rep’s claim, saying that the actress has not called Weinstein “for any reason for many, many years.”

Jackson said that following his experience with Weinstein on LOTR , he elected to avoid working with him and his brother. “My experience, when Miramax controlled the Lord of the Rings (before New Line took over production of the film), was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with — so I haven’t,” Jackson said. “Movie-making is much more fun when you work with nice people.”

(before New Line took over production of the film), was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with — so I haven’t,” Jackson said. “Movie-making is much more fun when you work with nice people.”

He said that he “vaguely” remembers bumping into Weinstein at a LOTR event, but that it has been 20 years since their last interaction “of any substance.”

It has now been more than two months since reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published their first Weinstein story in the Times on Oct. 5, an account that was followed by Ronan Farrow’s multiple pieces in The New Yorker . Since then, there has been a steady stream of stories detailing harassment and sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. As previously mentioned, nearly all of the stories address the often troubling aftermath of these types of encounters or attacks and the risks associated with coming forward: retaliation, emotional distress, damage to one’s reputation and the loss of opportunities or career advancement. In some cases, accusers have elected to leave the industry altogether.

It has now been more than two months since reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published their first Weinstein story in the

. Since then, there has been a steady stream of stories detailing harassment and sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. As previously mentioned, nearly all of the stories address the often troubling aftermath of these types of encounters or attacks and the risks associated with coming forward: retaliation, emotional distress, damage to one’s reputation and the loss of opportunities or career advancement. In some cases, accusers have elected to leave the industry altogether.

According to a study by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 75 percent of survivors face some sort of retaliation. Further, one study found that the psychological effects of sexual harassment can rise to “the level of diagnosable Major Depressive Disorder or PTSD,” and can be tied to other psychological effects such as disordered eating, self-blame, reduced self-esteem, emotional exhaustion, lowered satisfaction with life and abuse of prescription drugs and alcohol. Retaliation and loss of opportunity has been addressed in stories involving Weinstein and other high-profile Hollywood men like Louis C.K and Matthew Weiner, among many others.

by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 75 percent of survivors face some sort of retaliation. Further, one study found that the psychological effects of sexual harassment can rise to “the level of diagnosable Major Depressive Disorder or PTSD,” and can be tied to other psychological effects such as disordered eating, self-blame, reduced self-esteem, emotional exhaustion, lowered satisfaction with life and abuse of prescription drugs and alcohol. Retaliation and loss of opportunity has been addressed in stories involving Weinstein and other high-profile Hollywood men like Louis C.K and Matthew Weiner, among many others.

Friday’s statement from Weinstein comes during the same week when he went on the defensive against Salma Hayek following her blistering essay in the Times about her interactions with Weinstein, focused specifically on their collaboration surrounding the 2002 biopic Frida . She called Weinstein “my monster” too, and detailed allegations of his advances and her subsequent rejections to those advances. “No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn’t even involved with,” Hayek wrote. “No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him watch me take a shower. No to letting him give me a massage. No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage. No to letting him give me oral sex. No to my getting naked with another woman.”

Friday’s statement from Weinstein comes during the same week when he went on the defensive against Salma Hayek following her blistering

about her interactions with Weinstein, focused specifically on their collaboration surrounding the 2002 biopic

. She called Weinstein “my monster” too, and detailed allegations of his advances and her subsequent rejections to those advances. “No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn’t even involved with,” Hayek wrote. “No to me taking a shower with him. No to letting him watch me take a shower. No to letting him give me a massage. No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage. No to letting him give me oral sex. No to my getting naked with another woman.”

Weinstein, through his rep, denied her claims. “All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired,” the statement adds.

Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick

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After director Peter Jackson publicized his suspicion that actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino were blacklisted by Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced producer has denied the “Lord of the Rings” filmmaker’s accusations.

According to Jackson, the actresses had been chosen to star in his “Lord of the Rings” franchise when it was still under the umbrella of Weinstein’s Miramax studio, but contended that Weinstein intervened in the late 1990s.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,” Jackson told New Zealand’s Stuff on Thursday.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,” Jackson told

“At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” he said. “I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”

“Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying,” Sorvino tweeted on Friday. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

on Friday. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

In a statement issued by his spokesperson on Friday, Weinstein rebutted Jackson’s account, explaining how Miramax lost the project to New Line Cinema, and refuted the notion that Judd and Sorvino were blacklisted.

“Mr. Weinstein has nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson. However, as Mr. Jackson will probably remember, because [Miramax parent company] Disney would not finance the ‘Lord of the Rings,’ Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line,” the statement said.

“While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film they had no input into the casting whatsoever,” it continued.

“Until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for Variety two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [‘Frida’ and ‘Crossing Over’] and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well,” the statement said. “There was no indication that Mira Sorvino had any issues until Mr. Weinstein read about the complaints in the news.”

The statement also said that as recently as this year, Sorvino called Weinstein to ask if her husband, Christopher Backus, could be part of the “SEAL” television series he was producing. Weinstein said he cast him but allowed Backus “to amicably break his contact” to pursue a different opportunity.

Judd was among the first women to publicly accuse Weinstein of harassment this year, detailing encounters with the mogul and rebuffing his alleged advances in the New York Times story that broke the scandal wide open in October. Sorvino was also among the scores of accusers who detailed Weinstein’s alleged misconduct in the avalanche of accounts that followed.

Judd was among the first women to publicly accuse Weinstein of harassment this year, detailing encounters with the mogul and rebuffing his alleged advances in the New York Times story that broke the scandal wide open in October. Sorvino was also

Three-time Oscar winner Jackson, who described Weinstein and his brother, Bob Weinstein, as “behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies,” also said he feuded with the studio about the number of films in the franchise and has chosen not to work with the brothers since.

Peter Jackson revealed in a recent interview that he was strongly urged, likely under false pretenses, to avoid casting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in his Lord of the Rings franchise by Harvey Weinstein and his brother, Bob, back in the late 1990s.

revealed in a recent interview that he was strongly urged, likely under false pretenses, to avoid casting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in his

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably 1998,” he told New Zealand publication Stuff , recounting how the Weinstein brothers had warned him against hiring the actresses, who have both spoken out against Harvey in recent months with allegations of sexual misconduct.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably 1998,” he

, recounting how the Weinstein brothers had warned him against hiring the actresses, who have both spoken out against Harvey in recent months with allegations of sexual misconduct.

“At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us – but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” he said, calling the producer brothers “second-rate Mafia bullies.”

“I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women – and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list,” he continued.

Both Judd and Sorvino have publicly accused Weinstein of sexually harassing them ; both also rejected the mega producer’s advances, and based on Jackson’s recent revelations, suffered the professional consequences.

; both also rejected the mega producer’s advances, and based on Jackson’s recent revelations, suffered the professional consequences.

“Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying,” Sorvino tweeted Friday after reading the piece. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

Judd also offered up her own response to the allegation, tweeting “I remember this well” along with a link to the article.

In the interview published Thursday, Jackson also recounted how he had a bad experience working with the Weinstein brothers – and so opted never to do so again after New Line took over production of the Lord of the Rings films.

In the interview published Thursday, Jackson also recounted how he had a bad experience working with the Weinstein brothers – and so opted never to do so again after New Line took over production of the

“They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with – so I haven’t,” he said. “Although his name had to be on the Lord of the Ring credits for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies we ended up making. … I vaguely remember bumping into him [Weinstein] at some award show or premiere at the time of their release, but it’s been 20 years since my last interaction of any substance with Harvey Weinstein.”

“They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with – so I haven’t,” he said. “Although his name had to be on the

credits for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies we ended up making. … I vaguely remember bumping into him [Weinstein] at some award show or premiere at the time of their release, but it’s been 20 years since my last interaction of any substance with Harvey Weinstein.”

In a statement, a rep for Weinstein said , “while Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film [ Lord of the Rings ] they had no input into the casting whatsoever …. until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for Variety two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [ Frida and Crossing Over ] and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well.”

two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [

Harvey Weinstein responding to Salma Hayek’s new claims in the New York Times that he stalked her, forced her to do a nude lesbian scene, and threatened to kill her.
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Harvey Weinstein responding to Salma Hayek’s new claims in the New York Times that he stalked her, forced her to do a nude lesbian scene, and threatened to kill her.

As the Harvey Weinstein scandal has unfolded , a constant theme has been Weinstein’s accusers claiming that the disgraced mogul threatened to end their careers if they did not submit to his requests.

In a chilling new interview with New Zealand media outlet Stuff , director Peter Jackson recalled that Weinstein told him not to cast actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, both among Weinstein’s recent accusers , in his Lord of the Rings trilogy.

, director Peter Jackson recalled that Weinstein told him not to cast actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, both among

“Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying,” Sorvino wrote on Twitter , linking to the interview. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you, Peter Jackson, for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

, linking to the interview. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you, Peter Jackson, for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

In the interview, Jackson recalled meeting with Weinstein in the late 1990s to pitch The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films to Weinstein’s Miramax studio, which had distributed his 1994 film Heavenly Creatures .

“I recall Miramax telling us (Judd and Sorvino) were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said. “At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.”

“I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”

Jackson, who likened Weinstein and his brother Bob to “second-rate Mafia bullies,” instructed his wife, writer/producer Fran Walsh, to find a new studio home for Lord of the Rings after Miramax insisted on only making one film instead of the two he desired.

Jackson, who likened Weinstein and his brother Bob to “second-rate Mafia bullies,” instructed his wife, writer/producer Fran Walsh, to find a new studio home for

“Movie-making is much more fun when you work with nice people,” noted Jackson, who ended up turning his J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation into three movies with New Line.

“Although (Weinstein’s) name had to be on the Lord of the Rings credits for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies we ended up making,” he said.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy went on to earn over $1 billion at the box office and 17 Oscars, including best picture, director and adapted screenplay for the third film, 2003’s The Return of the King .

trilogy went on to earn over $1 billion at the box office and 17 Oscars, including best picture, director and adapted screenplay for the third film, 2003’s

In a statement to USA TODAY, Holly K. Baird, a spokeswoman for Weinstein, noted the producer has “nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson. However, as Mr. Jackson will probably remember, because Disney would not finance the Lord of the Rings , Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line. While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film, they had no input into the casting whatsoever.”

In a statement to USA TODAY, Holly K. Baird, a spokeswoman for Weinstein, noted the producer has “nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson. However, as Mr. Jackson will probably remember, because Disney would not finance the

, Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line. While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film, they had no input into the casting whatsoever.”

As for Jackson’s comments about Weinstein blacklisting Judd and Sorvino, Baird’s statement said, “Until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for Variety two years ago, no one at the company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein ( Frida and Crossing Over ) and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well.”

As for Jackson’s comments about Weinstein blacklisting Judd and Sorvino, Baird’s statement said, “Until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for

two years ago, no one at the company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein (

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Speaking with New Zealand publication Stuff, Jackson said that when he pitched his initial plans for both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to Miramax, the Weinstein brothers — whom he described as “second-rate Mafia bullies” — warned him that Sorvino and

The actresses Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd have commented on the revelation that disgraced film executive Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob orchestrated a smear campaign to blacklist the two women in Hollywood.

The actresses Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd have commented on the revelation that disgraced film executive

Sorvino tweeted Friday that director Peter Jackson’s new account of the blacklisting made her “burst out crying.” She added: “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure.”

Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick

“I remember this well,” Judd tweeted, with a link to the report containing Jackson’s comments to the New Zealand news site Stuff.

Judd also tweeted that Jackson and fellow producer Fran Walsh had showed her “all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything” and asked which role she preferred.

“And then I abruptly never heard from [t]hem again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter,” she said.

Peter & Fran had me in – showed me all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything. They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter.

Peter & Fran had me in – showed me all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything. They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter.

Jackson, in the Stuff article, called the Weinsteins ” second-rate Mafia bullies .” He said Harvey Weinstein threatened to fire him from the “Lord of the Rings” films if he didn’t follow demands, and the blacklist prevented Sorvino and Judd from getting roles in the movies.

films if he didn’t follow demands, and the blacklist prevented Sorvino and Judd from getting roles in the movies.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson told Stuff. “At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing. … I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”

Both Sorvino and Judd have come forward in recent months to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

Jackson told Stuff he had “no direct experience or knowledge of the sexual allegations” against Weinstein, but had long ago decided to never work with him again.

The Weinsteins’ names are included on all “Lord of the Rings” film credits because of a contract. But Jackson split with the brothers after disagreements over the number of movies that would be in the series (Jackson wanted three, Weinstein insisted on two). New Line eventually took the project from the Weinsteins’ Miramax, yielding the movie trilogy we know and love today.

“While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film they had no input into the casting whatsoever,” a spokesperson for Harvey Weinstein said in a statement.

The spokesperson said Weinstein hadn’t known about complaints from either Judd or Sorvino until he had read about them in the news, noting that both actresses had been considered for roles in later Weinstein films.

Weinstein didn’t know about Judd’s complaint until she “wrote a piece for Variety two years ago,” the spokesperson said, adding that Judd “was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein [“Frida” and “Crossing Over”].”

“As recently as this year, Mira Sorvino called Mr. Weinstein and asked if her husband could be part of the SEAL television series [Six] he was producing and Mr. Weinstein cast him; when Christopher Backus received a better offer, Mr. Weinstein allowed him to amicably break his contact to peruse the opportunity,” the spokesperson added.

This piece has been updated to include a statement from Harvey Weinstein’s spokesperson, and with additional comment from Judd.

Peter Jackson Reveals Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Ashely Judd and Mira Sorvino From ‘The Lord of the Rings’

“There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career,” Sorvino said in response to the revelation that Weinstein told Jackson not to audition her.

Peter Jackson has broken his silence on the sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The Oscar-winning director revealed to the New Zealand news publication Stuff that he removed Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino’s names from “The Lord of the Rings” casting list after a meeting with Weinstein.

Peter Jackson has broken his silence on the sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The Oscar-winning director revealed to the New Zealand news publication

that he removed Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino’s names from “The Lord of the Rings” casting list after a meeting with Weinstein.

Jackson was pitching his idea for the J. R. R. Tolkien adaptation to Miramax in 1998 and met with Bob and Harvey Weinstein, who told him both Sorvino and Judd were “a nightmare to work with.”

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,” Jackson said. “This was probably in 1998. At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing. I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”

Judd and Sorvino are two of the over 90 women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. Many of the allegations claim Weinstein threatened the careers of the actresses who refused to give in to his demands. Sorvino responded on Twitter to Jackson’s revelation by saying the news was a “confirmation” that Weinstein purposely derailed her career. Judd posted on Twitter saying that she “remembered this well.”

Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick

Harvey Weinstein ended up having an executive producer credit on “The Lord of the Rings” movies, but Jackson told Stuff that the reason was contractual and that Weinstein had nothing to do with any of the production. Jackson ended up choosing New Line to produce the film.

Harvey Weinstein ended up having an executive producer credit on “The Lord of the Rings” movies, but Jackson told

that the reason was contractual and that Weinstein had nothing to do with any of the production. Jackson ended up choosing New Line to produce the film.

Two Hollywood actresses have thanked Sir Peter Jackson for speaking out about Harvey Weinstein and his brother, saying they orchestrated a smear campaign that led to him blacklisting them both.

Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino were responding on Twitter to a Stuff story in which Jackson spoke of the blacklist as a result of the actions of accused sexual predator Weinstein and his brother Bob, describing the pair as “second-rate Mafia bullies”.

as a result of the actions of accused sexual predator Weinstein and his brother Bob, describing the pair as “second-rate Mafia bullies”.

Judd and Sorvino have both publicly claimed Weinstein sexual harassed them, and they both missed out on roles in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films because of what the brothers had said about them.

have both publicly claimed Weinstein sexual harassed them, and they both missed out on roles in Jackson’s

Sir Peter Jackson and Harvey Weinstein. Jackson says he made a conscious decision to never work with him again.

“I remember this well,” said Judd , in response to Stuff ‘s story, linking to the article in her Twitter post.

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Sorvino also shared the story on Twitter. “Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying,” Sorvino wrote , linking to the interview. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you, Peter Jackson, for being honest. I’m just heartsick.

Sorvino also shared the story on Twitter. “Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying,” Sorvino

, linking to the interview. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you, Peter Jackson, for being honest. I’m just heartsick.

Speaking to Stuff for the first time since multiple sexual assault allegations emerged against Weinstein, Jackson said he had “no direct experience or knowledge of the sexual allegations” against the Hollywood powerbroker, but had earlier made a conscious decision to never work with him again.

for the first time since multiple sexual assault allegations emerged against Weinstein, Jackson said he had “no direct experience or knowledge of the sexual allegations” against the Hollywood powerbroker, but had earlier made a conscious decision to never work with him again.

Weinstein and Jackson crossed paths in the late 1990s when Jackson was pitching his early plans for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films to the Weinstein-led studio Miramax.

“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said.

“At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us – but in hindsight, I realise that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.

“I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women – and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”

Things go from bad to worse for Harvey Weinstein. After The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled him earlier this month, following allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over the past three decades, he now faces civil action in Britain.

“My experience, when Miramax controlled the Lord of the Rings [before New Line took over production of the film], was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with – so I haven’t,” he said.

[before New Line took over production of the film], was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. They weren’t the type of guys I wanted to work with – so I haven’t,” he said.

“Although his name had to be on the Lord of the Rings credits for contractual reasons, he was not involved in the movies we ended up making.”

Weinstein threatened to sack Jackson from the LoTR adaptation if the director didn’t follow Weinstein’s demands to make the proposed two-part film into one.

Actress Ashley Judd was picked to star in the Lord of the Rings films along with Mira Sorvino, but missed out on the role after the Weinstein brothers intervened.

He gave Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh four weeks to find a new studio that would take on the two-part movie.

Finally, New Line took them on and suggested they make the two films into three to match the books.

“I vaguely remember bumping into him [Weinstein] at some award show or premiere at the time of their release, but it’s been 20 years since my last interaction of any substance with Harvey Weinstein.”

While Heavenly Creatures was a Miramax release, Jackson said the company’s only involvement was with its distribution.