In an interview with New Zealand's Stuff magazine, Sir Peter Jackson confirmed that he purposefully passed on casting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino after the Weinsteins told him they were hard to work with. Both women have claimed Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them.
"I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998," Jackson said. "At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing. I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list."
Outside of this shady behaviour, Jackson said he did not enjoy developing the Lord of the Rings trilogy with Miramax before it changed hands to New Line.
"My experience, when Miramax controlled the Lord of the Rings was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies," he said. "They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with — so I haven't."
Both Judd and Sorvino have shared the article on Twitter.
"I remember this well," wrote Judd, with Sorvino adding, "Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I'm just heartsick."
Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying. There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I'm just heartsick https://t.co/ljK9NqICbm— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) December 15, 2017
I remember this well. https://t.co/wctEhESAS9— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) December 15, 2017