Peter Jackson rebukes Harvey Weinstein's denial of blacklisting

Sir Peter Jackson says the Weinstein brothers behaved like

SUPPLIED Sir Peter Jackson says the Weinstein brothers behaved like"second-rate Mafia bullies

The moviemaker, who eventually chose to tie himself to executives at New Line Cinema for the trilogy, told the website, "I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs". The latter explained that she cried because she realised that the producer "derailed my career".

Weinstein's spokeswoman Holly Baird said in a statement that Harvey and his bother Bob "had no input into the casting whatsoever" on "Lord of the Rings". 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.

Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment by more than 50 women, including Judd and Sorvino, was responding to remarks by "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson.

"I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I'd hear a CLICK".

In an interview with New Zealand website Stuff on Thursday, Jackson said he expressed interest in casting Judd and Sorvino in the movie while pitching the project to Weinstein's production company Miramax. This was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.

The actor did not reveal whether the producer retaliated in any way, and has not claimed he had any other interactions with Weinstein.

Judd was among the first women to speak out against the 65-year-old in an explosive New York Times article in October. To not continue and star in their movies much past that doesn't make sense.

Mira Sorvino said that she "burst out crying" when she saw Peter Jackson's comments yesterday, adding "there it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure". "I guess we all know what type of person now".

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

While Weinstein has denied allegations of non-consensual sex, the scandal has rocked Hollywood and led to accusations against numerous other powerful figures in the media and entertainment industries.

The statement, which was obtained by Entertainment Weekly, read: "Mr. Weinstein has nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson". After giving him a role Weinstein then let Christopher Backus "amicably break" his contract for another opportunity, according to the statement.

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