Los Angeles (Reuters): Harvey Weinstein on Friday denied barring actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from working on the movie adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings” or blacklisting them from further projects.
Reuters is unable to independently confirm the misconduct allegations and Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.
In an interview with New Zealand website Stuff on Thursday, Jackson said he expressed interest in casting Judd and Sorvino in the movie while pitching the project to Weinstein’s production company Miramax.
“I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson said.
“At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us... 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.
The “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy later went to New Line Cinema and released in 2001.
Weinstein’s spokeswoman Holly Baird said in a statement that Harvey and his bother Bob “had no input into the casting whatsoever” on “Lord of the Rings.”
Judd , responding on Twitter on Friday, recalled having detailed talks with Jackson about “Lord of the Rings” but “then I abruptly never heard from him again.”
Representatives for the two actresses did not respond on Friday to a request for further comment.