According to Peter Jackson, the director of the Lord Of The Rings films, Harvey Weinstein deliberately told him not to cast Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd because of their allegations of sexual harassment. Miramax allegedly told Jackson that they were a “nightmare” to deal with and they should avoid them at all costs.
During an interview with New Zealand’s Stuff Magazine on the 14th of December, Jackson said the incident to which he referred was probably around the time of 1998.
Jackson said, now, he realizes that it was probably the “Miramax smear campaign,” and they never really questioned the producers because they thought the production company was merely doing its job.
Peter said he suspects that, due to Harvey’s company’s claims to avoid casting them, Judd and Sorvino missed out on a potential role in the Lord Of The Rings films.
After Stuff broke the story, Judd and Sorvino addressed the piece, with Sorvino revealing that she “burst out crying” because she always thought Harvey played a role in her career downfall.
Judd also claimed that she “remember(s) this well.” However, Weinstein’s legal team came out to respond to the charges, stating he and the Miramax executives remember the story differently.
In their statement, they claimed “Miramax lost the project,” and all of the castings were done by the company, New Line Cinema. He added Bob, and Harvey Weinstein had nothing to do with the cast of the film at all.
Furthermore, Weinstein rejects the claims that he derailed Judd and Sorvino’s career, considering Judd played a role in Weinstein’s film, Frida, and Crossing Over. Sorvino also contacted Harvey and asked him if her husband could be a part of a television series called Six, and Weinstein cast him. However, Christopher Backus went on to accept a better offer, and Weinstein allowed him to break the contract.