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Why Jason Priestley Punched Harvey Weinstein In the Face Back In 1995

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Stacy Diaz | 16 December, 2017, 23:54

First, film director, Peter Jackson, came clean about his "unwitting" connection to blacklisting two actresses: Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino.

Jason Priestley has claimed he once "punched" Harvey Weinstein in the face.

The rebuttal clarifies the fact by saying, "Fran Walsh was in the same meeting, and remembers these negative comments about Ashley and Mira as clearly as I do".

"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", Zwigoff wrote. She says it is confirmation that Weinstein derailed her career.

Now, Peter Jackson fills in the gaps. I burst out crying. "This was probably in 1998", Jackson said in the article, referring to when he was pitching his ideas for the "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies.

He said they had no reason to doubt the validity of their requests, but realises in hindsight it was highly likely a "smear campaign in full swing".

Jackson added that it turned out that Harvey and Bob were the hard ones to work with.

'My experience, when Miramax controlled the Lord of the Rings, was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies. "They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with - so I haven't", he said. The film originally was slated to be a Miramax picture, but Jackson and Weinstein had a falling out over the number of installments Jackson meant to make, so he took his project to New Line. However, after Peter's comments, a representative for Weinstein claimed the allegations were false, as all casting was done in co-ordination with New Line, after Miramax dropped out of the production. The embattled former movie executive, who was ousted from The Weinstein Company in October following a flood of sexual misconduct complaints (which have continued through this week), also said he was unaware of of any complaints or issues from either Judd or Sorvino.

Director Peter Jackson attends a ceremony honoring him with the 2,538th Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on 8 December2014 in Hollywood, California.

Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino were responding on Twitter to a Stuff story in which Jackson spoke of the blacklist as a result of the actions of accused sexual predator Weinstein and his brother Bob, describing the pair as "second-rate Mafia bullies".

Jackson stated he had expressed interest in casting Judd and Sorvino, both of whom later claimed Weinstein sexually harassed them.