Jason Priestley says he punched Harvey Weinstein in the face in 1995

Kelvin Reese
December 17, 2017

"I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs".

"I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in Bad Santa, but every time I mentioned her over the phone to the Weinsteins, I'd hear a CLICK".

The actor revealed he got into it with Harvey Weinstein at a Golden Globes party back in 1995, after chiming in on a Twitter conversation on how the disgraced mogul blacklisted Mira Sorvino back in the day.

Jackson told news website Stuff that he was warned about working with the actress and Ashley Judd when he was involved in early negotiations with Weinstein's film company Miramax.

Judd has also responded to the filmmaker's comments, tweeting: "I remember this well".

The Oscar-winning director concluded by saying, "We have no direct evidence linking Ashley and Mira's allegations to our Lord of the Rings casting conversations of 20 years ago - but we stand by what we were told by Miramax when we raised both of their names, and we are recounting it accurately".

"In hindsight, I realise that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing", Jackson said.

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Peter's statement goes on to state that after the actresses came forward to allege that Weinstein "blacklisted" them after they rejected his "sexual advances", he felt the need to speak out about his own experience when trying to hire the two stars. What type of person just hangs up on you like that?! Thank you, Peter Jackson, for being honest. However, as Mr. Jackson will probably remember, because Disney would not finance the Lord of the Rings, Miramax lost the project and all casting was done by New Line.

The indirect denial feigning innocence and ignorance of any issues with either actress or their respective concerns, came in a statement that said, "While Bob and Harvey Weinstein were executive producers of the film they had no input into the casting whatsoever".

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.

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. Jackson says it has been 20 years since he has interacted with Harvey Weinstein.

In it, author Ronan Farrow said: 'Four actresses, including Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette, told me they suspected that, after they rejected Weinstein's advances or complained about them to company representatives, Weinstein had them removed from projects or dissuaded people from hiring them'.

In these film maker/studio relationships, there has to be consensus in casting choices - either side can generally veto suggested names for various reasons, and in pre-Lord of the Rings days, we didn't have the power to override the studio on casting choices.

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