Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson
revealed in a new interview that he was strongly urged, likely under false pretenses, to avoid casting Ashley Judd
and Mira Sorvino
in his Lord of the Rings franchise by Harvey Weinstein
and his brother, Bob, back in the late 1990s. Judd and Sorvino have both come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein
, which prompted Jackson to recall his meetings with Miramax back when they were trying to cast the Lord of the Rings. Weinstein denies any sexual misconduct and also denied that he had Mira Sorvino
and Ashley Judd
blackballed from projects. Peter Jackson
has since come back with a rebuttal to Weinstein with more details.
In a statement released by Harvey Weinstein
's publicist, the disgraced Hollywood mogul claimed to have respect for Peter Jackson
, but went on to say that Miramax lost out and the project went to New Line.