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Jason Priestley Says He Punched Harvey Weinstein In The Face In 1995

18 December 2017

Priestley himself even said that he doubts that his actions had an effect on his career, though he does mention that he's never worked for Miramax. Harvey told me I had to leave...

While Peter Jackson seemed to have taken the folks at Miramax at their word regarding the possible casting of Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, it now appears that there may have been ulterior motives to this decision.

Earlier this week, The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson revealed he did not cast actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, who have both come forward with claims of sexual misconduct against the former Miramax executive, in the film franchise after receiving pressure from Weinstein to pass on the leading ladies.

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At the time of the "Lord of the Rings" casting, Weinstein was working with Mira on "Mimic" and noted the 50-year-old actress was, at the time, dating Quentin Tarantino, "the foundation and backbone of Miramax, while her career was at an all-time high". Both actors have alleged that they rebuked unwanted advances from Weinstein, and they believe their careers suffered as a effect. The same, however, can not be said for Weinstein.

"The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson alleged last week that in the late '90s, Miramax urged him not to cast Sorvino or Judd in the eventual blockbuster because they were "a nightmare to work with".

Around the time of "Rings", Mr. Weinstein cast Ms. Judd in "Frida" and years later, in "Crossing Over". '95 Golden Globes.at the Miramax Party. "This was probably in 1998", he told the site. "If we were unwitting accomplices in harming their careers, Fran and I unreservedly apologize to both Ashley and Mira".

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"At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us", Jackson told Stuff, "but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing..." Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Gwyneth Paltrow are among the women who have accused Weinstein of sexual assault or harassment, many of which Weinstein has denied.

Sorvino said on Twitter that she burst out crying when she saw the article. "'I didn't say you had to leave" he (Weinstein) replied. I appreciate the truth coming out.

Now, Peter Jackson fills in the gaps.

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The Hollywood film producer has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual sex.

Jason Priestley Says He Punched Harvey Weinstein In The Face In 1995