Harvey Weinstein Allegedly Led 'Smear Campaign' Against Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd

  • Harvey Weinstein Allegedly Led 'Smear Campaign' Against Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd

Harvey Weinstein Allegedly Led 'Smear Campaign' Against Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd

Mira Sorvino was left "heartbroken" by Peter Jackson's confirmation on Thursday that she and Ashley Judd were blacklisted by Harvey Weinstein because they fought back when he sexually harassed them.

Terry Zwigoff, director of the film "Bad Santa" recently took to Twitter to reveal that Harvey Weinstein urged him against casting Mira Sorvino in the film.

Weinstein flatly denies any and all accusations of sexual misconduct.

Jackson and wife Fran Walsh developed the films with Weinstein's Miramax in the 1990s but production was eventually moved to New Line Cinema ahead of their launch in 2001.

The statement said that Judd was cast in two other films by Mr Weinstein, and that "Sorvino was always considered for other films as well".

'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", he added. In the 18 months we developed the "Lord of the Rings" at Miramax, we had many casting conversations with Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and their executives.

Sorvino said Weinstein had confronted her in 1995 in a hotel room and that he "chased" her "around" while trying to get her to have sex with him.

Harvey Weinstein is facing a host of sexual harassment claims
GETTY Harvey Weinstein is facing a host of sexual harassment claims

It added that Sorvino called Weinstein earlier this year to ask if her husband, actor Christopher Backus, could be cast in the TV series "Six" that he was producing "and Mr. Weinstein cast him".

"I remember this well", she tweeted.

Weinstein's representatives also claim that the producer couldn't have slandered the actresses in the way Peter described, as they both continued to star in movies made by Weinstein.

Weinstein threatened to sack Jackson from the LoTR adaptation if the director didn't follow Weinstein's demands to make the proposed two-part film into one. After this meeting we were told by Miramax to steer clear of both Ashley and Mira, because they claimed to have had "bad experiences" with these particular actresses in the past.

"I vaguely remember bumping into him (Weinstein) at some award show or premiere at the time of their release, but it's been 20 years since my last interaction of any substance with Harvey Weinstein".

My experience, when Miramax controlled the Lord of the Rings, was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies.

Mira Sorvino took to Twitter to express the pain she felt when she found out about this.