Peter Jackson confirms: Harvey Weinstein smeared Mira Sorvino & Ashley Judd

Mira Sorvino says Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her! *FILE PHOTOS*

I still remember in 2003, when Mira Sorvino did a wonderful little guest role on an episode of Will & Grace. She had impeccable comedic timing and it was one of the best guest roles in the history of OG W&G. I remember thinking then, “why doesn’t Mira Sorvino get more work?” She had won an Oscar very early in her career, for Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite. Many people thought she could be the next big thing, a wonderful dramatic actress and comedienne, capable of helming romantic-comedies, dramas, whatever you wanted her to do. After the mid-1990s, her career did sort of peter out, although as I look through her IMDB, she did continue to work over the years, just on less prestigious projects and films no one saw. It was almost like she had pissed off someone important. As it turns out, that’s exactly what happened.

Mira Sorvino’s story was included in Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker article about Harvey Weinstein. Sorvino detailed Weinstein’s harassment and attempted assaults, and she lived in fear for years that he would bang on her door and force his way into her home at any moment. She rejected him many, many times. And Harvey Weinstein held a grudge – he kneecapped her professionally. Director Peter Jackson says, in a recent interview, that Weinstein bad-mouthed Sorvino to directors for years. Weinstein also bad-mouthed Ashley Judd.

Mira Sorvino recently told The Hollywood Reporter that she couldn’t say “for certain” that her career was impacted after she refused Harvey Weinstein’s advances when she was a young actress on the verge of stardom and about to win a best supporting actress Oscar for Mighty Aphrodite. “I was not offered any movie roles past 1996,” she said, wondering just how Weinstein may have retaliated against her. “Radio silence.” Now she knows.

In a new interview with New Zealand’s Stuff, blockbuster director Peter Jackson addressed the Weinstein scandal and said that he was told by Weinstein’s company not to hire actresses Sorvino and Ashley Judd, the latter of whom also had rejected Weinstein’s sexual advances in a Beverly Hills hotel room around the same time. “I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson told writer Dani McDonald. “At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.”

Jackson and Weinstein were in business together as Jackson was putting the pieces together for what would be his massively successful three-picture franchise The Lord of the Rings. The film originally was slated to be a Miramax picture, but Jackson and Weinstein had a falling out over the number of installments Jackson intended to make, he has said, so he took his project to New Line. Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein both have executive producer credits on all three films.

“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,” Jackson continued.

Jackson’s quotes elicited an emotional response from Sorvino. “Just seeing this after I awoke, I burst out crying,” she tweeted Friday morning. “There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure. Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest. I’m just heartsick.”

As for Judd, she confirmed that she recalled the LOTR situation. “I remember this well,” she posted Thursday night. By Friday, she followed it up with a more specific memory, tweeting about a meeting with Jackson and wife and longtime collaborator Fran Walsh. “Peter & Fran had me in — showed me all the creative, the boards, costumes, everything. They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem again. I appreciate the truth coming out. Thank you, Peter.”

[From THR]

After Peter Jackson’s interview, director Terry Zwigoff said something similar happened to him, tweeting: “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. What type of person just hangs up on you like that?! I guess we all know what type of person now. I’m really sorry Mira.” This is why we shouldn’t wring our hands about “what happens to all of the art made by these sexual predators?” Never think about it in those terms – think about in these terms: what about all of the amazing art that could have been made by all of these women if they weren’t smeared by their assailants and harassers?

Mira Sorvino attends 2017 Ischia Global Film & Music

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Seraphina says:

    I too thought that same about her. Great timing comedy wise and I liked her when she was acting. And then, all of a sudden, dead silence. I wondered why, since she didn’t seem to do PR work that she wanted to settle down and acting wasn’t for her.

    HW deserves a special Hell in the afterlife. Like serving women and cleaning and ironing and every other “womanly chore” since I’m sure he believes that is what our roles should be.

    • Trashaddict says:

      Mira was amazing in the Buccaneers and Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion. I adored her.
      I hope she gets some roles now.

  2. Nicole says:

    Yep and this is why I also think we have to be aware of the complacency. HW is a monster of his own creation SUSTAINED by the machine of hollywood. When we stop feeding monsters like him we can take back our power. Those who are suffering in silence could use an ally in this machine and we cant leave them behind. How many scientists, athletes, actors, humanitarians left their field or was not able to reach the potential they had because of men like HW and others?
    Lets start now.

  3. tealily says:

    I can’t even imagine how I would feel right now if I was one of these two women.

    • tracking says:

      +1 It’s heartbreaking. God, I hope they can substantiate this pattern and sue the sh*t out of him.

      • Nikki says:

        I agree; hit him where it hurts: his pocketbook. How tragic for these women; you can’t turn time back. It’ll always be what ifs. Hope they can move on with pride, and seize their future. <3

    • Hoopjumper says:

      What’s amazing, and very sad, is that they both seem genuinely grateful for finally getting the truth.

      • tealily says:

        Yes, I’m sure they’ve suspected this for years. To some extent it must feel great to have this out in the open after years for this man talking unwarranted crap about them. On the other hand though, oof.

    • Megan says:

      Hopefully they both get offered great parts in the near future.

      • Esmom says:

        Yes, in fact wouldn’t it be amazing if Peter Jackson created something for them? I remember Sorvino disappearing off the radar and thinking it was odd. So sad.

    • bluhare says:

      Me either, but I do know I’d be talking to my lawyer.

      • Nicole says:

        yep they can sue for loss of income i think.
        I know there are lawyers on here care to chime in?

      • tealily says:

        I really hope this is the case. I don’t know how it works with statutes of limitation, etc., but it seems so blatant.

  4. Talie says:

    Ashley Judd seems to have weathered his attacks pretty well, but she clearly should’ve had more shots at leading lady parts with her box office record at that time.

    Mira is just a very sad story and you can see from her tweets that she is devastated. She won an Oscar in her 20s…she should’ve been set up with one prestige project after another. There are actresses who simply get nominated and that’s enough to be set for life.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      Yes, Mira is a very talented actress who deserved more. I hope that her and Ashley’s careers resurge after this.

    • PPP says:

      You know the whole Oscar curse and how it only seemed to affect actresses? Well, I suspect Weinstein IS the curse.

      • Close to a nervous breakdown, says:

        OMG, that makes a lot of sense. It makes me sick to my stomach to see wonderful women (in several different industries, not only hollywood) being kneecapped by predators like HW. I hope he is a pariah forever

      • K says:

        Ive been wondering if that “curse” was Harvey too lately and I bet it was, especially when you look at the women and roles.

      • Shiny Halo says:

        Whoa. I never thought of that, @PPP. Dayum.

    • bikki says:

      woah. this rings true.

    • Teebee says:

      I remember reading a little article a very long time ago, about a play that starred Jason Patric and Ashley Judd. The most memorable thing about the article was the nasty comment that Patric made about working with Judd; something to the effect that she was lazy, hard to work with, not flattering or kind, yet I really couldn’t believe a fellow actor would throw another colleague so viciously under the bus…

      I had never heard rumblings, or any other comments about Judd like that ever before. And I remember being startled that perhaps she could have been trouble all along, but no one called her out before. To be honest, by that time she wasn’t in much of anything, so I thought, another flame burned out, too bad. But the impression was made.

      Now, in light of all revelations, this easily could have been a vindictive attack perpetrated by HW. Hard to believe an actor, like Patric, would participate in smearing her, but nothing now would surprise me.

      Another example of assassination of character and career perhaps, due to Judd’s tenacious refusal to be submissive to this cruel awful man. I cannot imagine Judd’s, and all affected women’s, outrage. I only hope that as more and more is revealed, we do not lose our momentum and need for change.

  5. JustJen says:

    I’m a little amazed that HW would be so brazen to Mira considering she’s Paul Sorvino’s daughter.

    • Rachel in August says:

      Gwyneth Paltrow is Hollywood royalty as well, Salma Hayek’s husband: billionaire. Angelina Jolie: huge connections. Didn’t seem to stop him either. On the one hand he has a gargantuan ego and then on the other when he’s rejected, it’s only a tiny little bruised male ego. On one end it knows no bounds and on the other it’s infantile and pathetic.

      • LAK says:

        Selma Hayek wasn’t married to a Billionaire or even travelling in those circles when she was trying to get FRIDA off the ground. She was dating Ed Norton at the time.

        Salma joined the fledgling project in 1997 and nursed it to filming in 2001 with a 2002 release. At the height of HW’s power. Long before Salma met her Billionaire.

    • Mia4s says:

      I’m not considering he victimized Gwyneth, daughter of Bruce Paltrow, Blythe Danner, and goddaughter of Steven freaking Spielberg! The guy’s a psychotic monster and Hollywood’s tolerance of him is a permanent stain.

      • Rachel in August says:

        Exactly, he wasn’t considering the possibility of ANY sort of backlash. Now he is and I hope it keeps happening for as long as is justified. Uma Thurman was right: he does not deserve a bullet.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Paul Sorvino, while a great actor (and overall good guy, he used to come to the bakery I used to work at when he was in Mtl), has never come close to the fame of Jon Voight or the power of Bruce Paltrow, yet their daughters were harassed and smeared too.

    • African Sun says:

      What a legend of an actor Paul Sorvino was.

      • AppleTartin says:

        My friend’s mom is his first cousin. They were as close as you can be as kids growing up. But when he got famous he turned his back on his whole family.

        So, no he’s not so great as a person. To fans and people who pay for movie tickets, sure he is a nice guy.

        I don’t feel that bad for Mira she had a good life went to Harvard speaks Chinese fluently. Married a young guy had a lot of kids. Her life is not that bad in the end she persevered regardless of what Harvey did to her.

      • Brian says:

        AppleTartin, thank you. Mira is JUST FINE. She’s a proven quality actress and works steadily. Though this ordeal is terrible she still has a VERY healthy career.

    • Wiffie says:

      Incredulousity is the number one defense with heinous abuse. The more bold, ridiculous, or dangerous the circumstances, the more likely people will not even bat an eye at gossip because it seems SO ridiculous.

      Let’s say someone assaults a big wig’s daughter, the boss’s wife, etc, his number one defense is the the fact that people, without having been there, will err on the side of “there’s no way that’s true…. Who would risk their job like that??” That’s why they get ahead of stories, set up victims in scenarios that look like the victims themselves are the manipulators or mentally ill as insurance, or a perfectly placed safety net. The truth is, those who *think* they have nothing to lose and have never been held responsible before will GO to those lengths for safety, because they feel that invincible (which ironically feeds the feelings of invincibility, and increases the incredulousity factor, and it snowballs until the bubble bursts).

  6. Emily says:

    I just saw her in a very mediocre (even for the genre) Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas movie this past weekend and thought “how did this happen? Didn’t she win an Oscar?” Now I know. 🙁

    • LAK says:

      Me too. I was flipping through channels about 3mths ago and stopped in shock at the Hallmark Channel after recognising her.

      My first thought was astonishment that she can’t get better work, and next thought was that she was completely wasted talent.

      Never thought it was because HW blacklisted her.

    • Mari says:

      This. And shame on those who went along. They perpetuated the abuse for years. That victims aren’t believed may be the worst thing.

  7. Mia4s says:

    The lawyer in me really would love to figure out how to structure a lawsuit for lost wages and opportunity for these women. It would be very difficult but what a precedent it could set!

    • lightpurple says:

      You have to somehow get around the statute of limitations issue but the fact that they only just learned can be worked into that argument. In Mira’s case, it is clearly straight up quid pro quo sexual harassment.

    • tealily says:

      I hope there’s a lawyer out there right now working on just that!

    • notasugarhere says:

      Also a way to include loss of professional development. Acting is a skill you learn by doing. In many professions, you develop most when you are surrounded by people more talented than you are. They were denied the opportunity to work with the best in their field, when their talent *should* have earned them a place at that table.

    • Close to a nervous breakdown, says:

      YESSSSS I was just thinking about that.
      Even disgraced, HW is still rich as hell, and I wish we could make him suffer on his bank account as well. (ALSO, I really want his brother to be bulldozed as well, he is just as bad)

  8. Carol says:

    the fact that he was even able to derail people’s careers like that and not feel feelings about it, is just mad – he must be a psychopath!

    • Mika says:

      It’s been done to many who haven’t spoke up sadly. HW is a sick bastard, but so was the inner Hollywood machine that allowed him to reek havoc on these women’s lives for years. IMO Many in Hollywood were complicit with this monsters tactics. Poor Mira, Annabella , Clare Forina , so many others careers stalled, ruined, put on the shelf. Harvey is disgusting, hell is where he needs to go. He is pure evil.

  9. manta says:

    I watched a miniseries with Sorvino a few years ago called Human trafficking and was reminded she’s very good. What a waste.
    The House episode she starred in is also one of my fave.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      I saw that – she was amazing in it. I always wondered what happened to her career as she has so much talent and promise, now i know why.

  10. Betsy says:

    How many other actresses (and possibly some actors; I can imagine Harvey holding grudges against boyfriends/spouses of victims, too) had their careers torpedoed?

  11. Hazel says:

    Mira was terrific as one of the substitute Juliets on Psych. Such a shame. I’d love to see a lost-wages lawsuit. Hit him where it hurts, in the wallet!

  12. wolfie88 says:

    Hollyweird has always been a cesspool of predators, soul thieves destroying actors from the very beginning probably as far back as the ’20’s.

    • Jayna says:

      Yep. The Shirley Temple story is so gross. I think she was aging out of her movies, and Shirley and her mom were at MGM Studios to talk to the bigwigs. She was 11 when she went into a big producer’s office. He talked to her about movie stuff and then stood up and pulled out his penis. She had never seen one and, being a kid, laughed. He threw her out of his office. Just as she was thrown out, her mother came out of Louis B. Mayer’s office where he had groped her.

  13. Katherine says:

    Exactly my point that has been brought up by so, so many already – there are loads of artists and professionals in any given field who can do their job brilliantly AND are also the kind of people who don’t humiliate, don’t harass, respect others and contribute to creating and maintaining a positive environment for the team to work in.

  14. Kate says:

    This is just heartbreaking. He basically stole her life, she could have had a great career and he destroyed this woman – and many others. He is a MONSTER.

  15. Esmerelda says:

    Good on PJ for confirming the blacklist. I’m finding echoes of McCarthyism in this Hollywood modus operandi , and those who work to tear down this Hollywood wide system of suppression and harassment will be remembered well… Those who insist on propping up the system to this day, on the other hand, will never escape the stench that will follow their reputation.

  16. drea says:

    For some reason this story is one of the saddest for me. I’ve always liked Mira Sorvino. Romy.

  17. Adrien says:

    I always thought her career died because of that Marilyn Monroe movie. Incidentally, Ashley Judd played Norma Jean in that film. That movie is underrated, btw.
    Part of Mira’s career slump was that she peaked too early. But unlike actors who suffered the Oscar curse, Mira just disappeared completely. Now I know why. Ashley Judd though made a career shift. Sure, she is always looking for her missing child in movies but she found her niche. She is the female Liam Neeson.
    Mira will always be Romy to me but I would love to see her make a comeback.

  18. Sara says:

    This is just so sad. It calls into question the stories we hear about ‘difficult actresses’. I wonder how many just pissed someone off by not sleeping with them? I mean, I’m sure Lohan really is difficult and never shows up on time if she shows up at all, but it calls into question the whole difficult label.

  19. Lori says:

    Hopefully this can turn her career around. Better late than never.

    Harvey is disgusting.