Peter Jackson alleges Harvey Weinstein sabotaged careers of women who refused him

Peter Jackson alleges Harvey Weinstein sabotaged careers of women who refused him

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. "They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with - so I haven't".

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

In the interview, 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.

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.

Sorvino and Judd have both come forward about their experiences with Weinstein, claiming that they refused Weinstein's pressure to have physical relationships. 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.

Peter Jackson has admitted that he blacklisted actors Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino after they fell victim to an alleged "smear campaign" created by Harvey Weinstein.

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

A spokesperson for Weinstein disputed the account, saying that his company Miramax was not involved in casting, which was handled by New Line Cinema.

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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.

In a statement to the Times, Weinstein said: "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it".

Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit director Peter Jackson has admitted that he avoided casting certain actresses in his movies on the basis of advice from Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob, describing the once-powerful producers as "second-rate mafia bullies".

"Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying", Sorvino tweeted on Friday.

"Movie making is much more fun when you work with nice people", Jackson told Stuff.

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

Jackson and Weinstein were initially slated to work together with the LOTR series being produced under Miramax, but after a disagreement regarding the number of installments, Jackson chose to have New Line produce the movies.

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.

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