"I recall Miramax telling us [Judd and Sorvino] were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998", he said. He continued in the Stuff article, "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".
Sorvino has previously said she suspected the movie mogul smeared her good name after she rejected his sexual advances in 1995 - "chasing her around" a hotel room in 1995 then inviting himself to her apartment a few weeks later.
Peter has also revealed Weinstein and his brother Bob were like "second-rate Mafia bullies" whilst working on the productions, which prompted the director to cut ties with Miramax in favour of New Line Cinema. And these latest allegations from Peter Jackson lend support to her claims.
He remembers Weinstein and his brother acting like "second-rate Mafia bullies" during the early stages of the "Lord of the Rings" films, he told Stuff.
She says she approached Weinstein about working on Frida for Miramax and "he had said yes".
In the statement released on Friday, Weinstein's rep adds: "Until Ashley Judd wrote a piece for Variety two years ago, no one at the Company knew that she had a complaint and she was cast in two other films by Mr. Weinstein and Mira Sorvino was always considered for other films as well".
Jackson had expressed interest in casting Judd and Sorvino for the trilogy, both of whom have publicly claimed Weinstein sexual harassed them.
Recently, Peter Jackson confirmed Mira Sorvino's Harvey Weinstein allegations.
Hayek explains that she was first introduced to Weinstein by director Robert Rodriguez and producer Elizabeth Avellan and says that "knowing what I know now, I wonder if it wasn't my friendship with them - and Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney - that saved me from being raped". "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 statement said.
Weinstein's career in Hollywood was destroyed after reports came forward accusing him of intimidating, sexually harassing and abusing women for decades.
The spokesperson also addressed both Judd and Sorvino. She says it is confirmation that Weinstein derailed her career. Sorvino told the New Yorker that Weinstein behaved similarly with her around the same time and tried to pressure her into a physical relationship. He has barely seen or spoken to Weinstein in 20 years. He added, "Movie making is much more fun when you work with nice people". Jackson won an Oscar for best director in 2003 for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", and the trilogy earned $2.91 billion in global ticket sales, according to Forbes.