Peter Jackson's Harvey Weinstein story left Mira Sorvino in tears

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Peter Jackson said he did not cast Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in "Lord of the Rings" on the advice of Harvey Weinstein.

"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". In his new rebuttal, which came out Friday morning, Mr. Jackson includes his wife in a detailed explanation of exactly how decisions are made in Hollywood-through a studio funnel. In October, both actresses were among the first wave of women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of past sexual harassment. In the 18 months we developed the Lord of the Rings at Miramax, we had many casting conversations with Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and their executives. "This was probably in 1998", Jackson said.

"In hindsight, I realise that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing", Jackson said.

In it, author Ronan Farrow said: 'Four actresses, including Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, told me they suspected that, after they rejected Weinstein's advances or complained about them to company representatives, Weinstein had them removed from projects or dissuaded people from hiring them'. I burst out crying.

Sorvino said Weinstein "derailed my career".

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Jackson described the Weinstein brothers as "second-rate Mafia bullies", adding: "They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with - so I haven't".

At the end of her post, she thanked the director for "being honest", writing, "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.

During his own interview, Jackson told not just of Weinstein's treatment of the actresses but said he behaved shamefully with everyone else involved in the film.

Judd has also responded to the filmmaker's comments, tweeting: "I remember this well".

In the early stages of production, Jackson claimed Weinstein told him that he did not like his vision to adapt the legendary literary tale into several films. "We have no reason to make it up". Weinstein allegedly said Jason didn't have to exit the party, and after it became increasingly tense, Harvey said they should go outside and "talk about it", and Jason pushed him away and then hit him in the face. It later moved to New Line Cinema. Both actresses have claimed their careers were ruined by Weinstein after they spurned his unwanted sexual advances.

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