Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd on Weinstein 'Smear Campaign': 'I Remember This Well'

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Harvey Weinstein on Friday denied barring actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from working on the movie adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" or blacklisting them from further projects.

"I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs".

Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. She says it is confirmation that Weinstein derailed her career. Both Sorvino and Judd are two of no less than 50 ladies who has blamed the maker for rape and badgering. He is basically saying that "this blacklisting couldn't be true because New Line cast the movie".

"I remember this well", said Judd, in response to Stuff's story, linking to the article in her Twitter post. I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women - and as direct result, their names were removed from our casting list.

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.

"At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us..."

Reuters is unable to independently confirm the misconduct allegations and Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone. "You just told me to leave. right over there" I tell him once again. Thank you, Peter Jackson, for being honest. "This was probably in 1998", Jackson said.

When Mira Tweeted she was "heartbroken" to see her suspicions confirmed, actress Tara Strong responded that that the same might have happened to Priestley's career because he had punched Weinstein.

The indirect denial feigning innocence and ignorance of any issues with either actress or their respective concerns, came in a statement that said, "While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film they had no input into the casting whatsoever". Getting heated now. He then grabs me tighter and says "why don't we go outside and talk about this".

Weinstein and Jackson crossed paths in the late 1990s when Jackson was pitching his early plans for The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films to the Weinstein-led studio Miramax.

Sorvino and Judd were among the first women to publicly share her experiences of sexual harassment from Weinstein back in October.

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 persue the opportunity.

Things go from bad to worse for Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein's name was included in the credits of Lord of the Rings for contractual reasons, despite the fact he did not work on the trilogy.

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