Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino Thank Peter Jackson for Telling the Truth About Weinstein’s Blacklist

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Sir Peter Jackson and Harvey Weinstein. Jackson says he made a conscious decision to never work with him again.

Two Hollywood actresses have thanked Sir Peter Jackson for speaking out about Harvey Weinstein and his brother, saying they orchestrated a smear campaign that led to him blacklisting them both.

Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino were responding on Twitter to a Stuff story in which Jackson spoke of the blacklist as a result of the actions of accused sexual predator Weinstein and his brother Bob, describing the pair as “second-rate Mafia bullies”.

Judd and Sorvino have both publicly claimed Weinstein sexual harassed them, and they both missed out on roles in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films because of what the brothers had said about them.

Judd recalled how she was shown “everything” about the films and was even asked which role she preferred – then never heard from Jackson or his wife Fran again.

“Peter & Fran had me in – showed me all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything. They asked which [of] the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from [them] again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter,” Judd wrote.

In an earlier response to Stuff’s story, Judd tweeted: “I remember this well.”

Sorvino also shared the story on Twitter. “Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying,” Sorvino wrote, linking to the interview. “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.

Speaking to Stuff for the first time since multiple sexual assault allegations emerged against Weinstein, Jackson said he had “no direct experience or knowledge of the sexual allegations” against the Hollywood powerbroker, but had earlier made a conscious decision to never work with him again.

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.

“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 realise 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.”

Jackson said Weinstein and his brother, Bob, were both particularly difficult to work with.

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SOURCE: Stuff.co.nz – Dani McDonald

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