Harvey Weinstein denies Peter Jackson's claims of 'blacklisting'

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Peter Jackson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hobbit: The Battle o the Five Armies" at the Dolby Theatre on December 9, 2014.

Sorvino said on Twitter that she "burst out crying" when she read Jackson's remarks, calling them "confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure".

"I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs", Jackson said.

"I remember this well", Judd tweeted Thursday night in response to Jackson's interview.

"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 told Stuff.

According to Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord Of The Rings films, Harvey Weinstein deliberately told him not to cast Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd due to their allegations of sexual harassment.

The Oscar-winning actress said the Lord Of The Rings director's comments confirmed her belief that Weinstein derailed her career after she rejected his advances in a hotel room in the mid-nineties.

Meanwhile, a rep for Harvey Weinstein has also responded to Jackson's allegations, issuing a statement denying Jackson's statements, as well as denying that Weinstein had ever put either actress on a "blacklist". 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.

Sorvino and Judd are two of the women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment.

Apparently, there was some manipulation going on during the development stages when Miramax was involved to keep Judd and Sorvino out of the film. Speaking with "Today" 's Stephanie Gosk, the lawyer said, "There's a hunt under way to figure out who (the accuser) is, and I think that's going to have a chilling effect on other women who are going to come forward and tell their stories".

The statement says Judd and Sorvino were either cast in or considered for Weinstein films over the years and that Sorvino has stayed in touch with Weinstein about other roles.

Peter has also revealed Weinstein and his brother Bob were like "second-rate Mafia bullies" whilst working on the productions, which prompted the director to cut ties with Miramax in favour of New Line Cinema.

Sorvino tweeted Friday that director Peter Jackson's new account of the blacklisting made her "burst out crying".

Jackson went on to say that he had an extremely hard time working with the Weinstein brothers, who were keen on him turning his proposed two-part Lord Of The Rings film into one single feature. "Movie-making is much more fun when you work with nice people". After giving him a role Weinstein then let Christopher Backus "amicably break" his contract for another opportunity, according to the statement.

"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".



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