Second Director Says Weinsteins Blacklisted Actress Mira Sorvino From Film

Sir Peter Jackson says the Weinstein brothers behaved like

Not all heroes where capes as we have just learned of a story that involves Jason Priestley punching Harvey Weinstein in the face, 22 years ago.

While he admitted that casting didn't actually take place until after the project had moved from Miramax to New Line, "because we had been warned off Ashley and Mira by Miramax, and we were naive enough to assume we'd been told the truth, Fran and I did not raise their names in New Line casting conversations". I was leaving when he grabbed me by the arm and said " what are you doing?"

"And then I abruptly never heard from [t] hem again", she said.

But hopefully things are improving as more and more unfortunate stories like this surface.

"I didn't say you had to leave".

Jackson said that Miramax, the film company co-founded by the Weinsteins, had told him Sorvino and Judd were "a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs" when he was considering actors for the "Lord of the Rings" series.

At the time of the "Lord of the Rings" casting, Weinstein was working with Mira on "Mimic" and noted the 50-year-old actress was, at the time, dating Quentin Tarantino, "the foundation and backbone of Miramax, while her career was at an all-time high".

'I'm not going anywhere with you.' I said as I pushed him back and punched him with a right hand to his face. Suddenly, there were security guards pulling us apart and I was escorted out of the party...

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Harvey Weinstein has denied Sir Peter Jackson's claims that he banned the director from casting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Following his dismissal Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman also left him, he was expelled by the Television Academy and attended a treatment facility for just one week.

And the representative explained how Weinstein had cast Ashley in 2002's "Frida" and 2009's "Crossing Over", and wanted her to appear in "Good Will Hunting".

In response to Thursday's article, Mira tweeted: 'Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying.

Mr. Weinstein has nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson. In his new rebuttal, which came out Friday morning, Mr. Jackson includes his wife in a detailed explanation of exactly how decisions are made in Hollywood-through a studio funnel.

On Saturday, Bad Santa director Zwigoff tweeted that Weinstein allegedly hung up the phone on him every time he mentioned the possibility of casting Sorvino in his holiday film. Looking back, Jackson said "I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing", after both actresses had turned down Harvey's advances.

Both Sorvino and Judd have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment.

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