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Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino responds to Peter Jackson's claims on Weinstein blacklist

Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino responds to Peter Jackson's claims on Weinstein blacklist

In an official statement released by his publicist, Weinstein said he has "nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson" but that he was never involved in any way with the film's casting.

Sorvino spoke a little more about it, saying that she now has her "confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed [her] career".

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

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

The statement said Judd was subsequently cast by Weinstein in two other movies - Frida and Crossing Over. "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".

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.

Sorvino turned to Twitter to express her dismay at the reports, after director Peter Jackson revealed that the movie mogul had vetoed Judd and Sorvino from his Lord of the Rings Trilogy in the late 1990s. "This was probably in 1998", said Jackson.

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Ever since the New York Times broke the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, rumours have been rife that Weinstein also abused his power by putting roadblocks in the careers of actresses who refused his sexual advances.

However, it continued: "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". 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".

"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. "Movie-making is much more fun when you work with nice people".

He had been in early negotiations with Weinstein's company, Miramax, to produce the films before instead teaming up with New Line Cinema.

Harvey Weinstein's name still appears in the credits of the Lord of the Rings films for contractual reasons, Jackson told Stuff.

"Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying", she wrote on Twitter.

"There was no indication that Mira Sorvino had any issues until Mr. Weinstein read about the complaints in the news". Sorvino also contacted Harvey and asked him if her husband could be a part of a television series called Six, and Weinstein cast him. He added Bob, and Harvey Weinstein had nothing to do with the cast of the film at all.


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