Two well-known actresses who are among the accusers going public with allegations against Harvey Weinstein thanked director Peter Jackson after he revealed in an interview with the New Zealand media outlet Stuff that Weinstein told Jackson to blacklist the actresses, Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino.
Jackson describes the Weinstein brothers as “second-rate Mafia bullies” and accuses them of orchestrating a smear campaign against Judd and Sorvino, Stuff reports.
Jackson said he had “no direct experience or knowledge of the sexual allegations” against Weinstein, but had decided long ago not to work with him again. Back in the late 1990s, however, Jackson was interested in casting both actresses in his “Lord of the Rings” films and Miramax was involved.
“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 told the publication. “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.”
Jackson added: “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.”