Sir Peter Jackson: Harvey Weinstein banned me from hiring actresses

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Mira Sorvino was left "heartbroken" by Peter Jackson's confirmation on Thursday that she and Ashley Judd were blacklisted by Harvey Weinstein because they fought back when he sexually harassed them.

Weinstein's representatives also claim that the producer couldn't have slandered the actresses in the way Peter described, as they both continued to star in movies made by Weinstein. "I was leaving when he got me by the arm and stated, 'What's happening with you?' I stated, 'You disclosed to me leave, I'm leaving, '" Priestley, 48, tweeted on Friday. 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.

'At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us - but in hindsight, I realise that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.

It added that Sorvino called Weinstein "as recently as this year" asking if her husband could be part of a television series he was producing.

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Judd also reacted to the news, tweeting simply: "I remember this well".

"There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure", she wrote. Both actresses have claimed their careers were ruined by Weinstein after they spurned his unwanted sexual advances.

"I was not offered any movie roles past 1996".

Nearly every story of Harvey Weinstein scandal included a fear of losing opportunities in the race of making a career in Hollywood industry, not only Sorvino and Judd but many women who came forward and accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct can relate this.

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Sir Peter Jackson has spoken out about his experiences with Harvey Weinstein, expressing his dismay for the disgraced movie mogul.

Weinstein's spokesman said in a statement the producer had "nothing but the utmost respect" for Jackson but added that he had no input into casting, which was overseen by New Line when they came on board.

Weinstein flatly denies any and all accusations of sexual misconduct. It later moved to New Line Cinema. Now, Peter has released a statement to Deadline, claiming that whilst Weinstein was not involved in the final casting, his claims that he had "bad experiences" working with Ashley and Mira meant that going forward, Peter ruled them out of the running. "That's a deflection from the truth", Jackson wrote.

"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".

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"If we were unwitting accomplices in harming their careers, Fran and I unreservedly apologise to both Ashley and Mira."

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