Two directors - Peter Jackson, of Lord Of The Rings fame, and Terry Zwigoff, of Ghost World and Bad Santa fame - have both openly claimed that they were pressured into blacklisting actresses at Harvey Weinstein's insistence and pressure.
Jackson first made the claims in an interview with Stuff.co.nz published early yesterday, where he described how "(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."
Both Harvey and Bob Weinstein acted as producers on Lord Of The Rings, however a statement released by Harvey Weinstein after the piece went live claimed that "they had no input into the casting whatsoever."
As both Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd responded to the article, another director stepped forward with his own story; Terry Zwigoff. In a tweet published a few hours ago, the director described how he "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," and offered his apologies to the actress.
Both Judd and Sorvino accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, however Weinstein has repeatedly denied that any of his actions were non-consensual.