Jason Priestly: I punched Harvey Weinstein in the face

18 December, 2017, 03:18 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Actress Mira Sorvino could have landed a role in Lord of the Rings but director Peter Jackson was told she was

Disgraced Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein is doubling down on his claim that he in no way sabotaged the careers of Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd - despite directors saying otherwise.

Recently, directors Peter Jackson and Terry Zwigoff said that that producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly warned them away from casting Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino. I was leaving when he grabbed me by the arm and said " what are you doing?" 'You just instructed me to clear out... directly over yonder, ' I let him know by and by.

But hopefully things are improving as more and more unfortunate stories like this surface. "'I didn't say you had to leave, ' he replied".

Weinstein allegedly said Jason didn't have to exit the party, and after it became increasingly tense, Harvey said they should go outside and "talk about it", and Jason pushed him away and then hit him in the face. That was all I needed to hear'.

Priestley revealed the incident on Twitter over the weekend after actress Tara Strong alleged Weinstein might've tried to derail Priestley's career after he punched him in the face.

It added that Sorvino called Weinstein earlier this year to ask if her husband, actor Christopher Backus, could be cast in the TV series "Six" that he was producing "and Mr. Weinstein cast him".

And the representative explained how Weinstein had cast Ashley in 2002's "Frida" and 2009's "Crossing Over", and wanted her to appear in "Good Will Hunting".

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.

The statement further said that whilst Weinstein was not involved in the final casting, his claims that he had "bad experiences" working with Ashley and Mira meant that going forward, Peter ruled them out of the running. "If we were unwitting accomplices in harming their careers, Fran and I unreservedly apologize to both Ashley and Mira".

Sorvino is one of more than 50 women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.

'At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us - but in hindsight, I realise that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.

The statement, which was obtained by Entertainment Weekly, read: "Mr. Weinstein has nothing but the utmost respect for Peter Jackson".



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