Director Peter Jackson alleges Harvey Weinstein blacklisted Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd

There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. She says it is confirmation that Weinstein derailed her career. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. “We have no direct evidence linking Ashley and Mira’s allegations to our Lord of the Rings casting conversations of 20 years ago — but we stand by what we were told by Miramax when we raised both of their names, and we are recounting it accurately. Jackson said late Friday that “aspects of Harvey’s denial are insincere.”

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson says he is now realizing that Harvey Weinstein’s advice to avoid working with Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd was likely part of a smear campaign against the two actresses. Jackson tells Stuff that he was told by Miramax in the late 1990s that they were “a nightmare” to work with and thus didn’t consider either for his Lord of the Rings films. Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. I’m just heartsick https://t.co/ljK9NqICbm—
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Judd and Sorvino are among dozens of women who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Sorvino said on Twitter that she burst out crying when she saw the article. Director Peter Jackson says he is now realizing that Harvey Weinstein’s advice to avoid working with Mira Sorvino or Ashley Judd was likely part of a smear campaign against the two actresses. “We were immediately told by Miramax to steer clear of them, because they claimed to have had “bad experiences” with these particular actresses in the past,” Jackson wrote. A spokesperson for Weinstein disputed the account, saying that his company Miramax was not involved in casting, which was handled by New Line. (Chris Pizzello/The Associated Press)

In a statement on behalf of himself and producer Fran Walsh, he says that they both expressed enthusiasm for Judd and Sorvino. If we were unwitting accomplices in harming their careers, Fran and I unreservedly apologize to both Ashley and Mira.”

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