Ashley Judd, meanwhile, recalled how her involvement progressed far enough to be invited by Jackson to see preparation work for the blockbuster trilogy.
She tweeted: “I remember this well.
“They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from them again. I appreciate the truth coming out.”
In a statement through a publicist, Harvey Weinstein denied the allegations that he was involved in blacklisting Mira Sorvino and Ashely Judd, saying that the casting for Lord of the Rings was carried out by New Line Cinema – not Miramax.
The statement said that Ashley Judd was cast in two other movies by Harvey Weinstein, and that “Sorvino was always considered for other films as well.”
Harvey Weinstein’s denial prompted Peter Jackson to write a further response, carried by Entertainment Weekly, calling it a “deflection from the truth”.
“In the 18 months we developed the Lord of the Rings at Miramax, we had many casting conversations with Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and their executives,” the director wrote.
“The movies changed hands from Miramax to New Line before casting actually got underway – but because we had been warned off Ashley and Mira by Miramax, and we were naive enough to assume we’d been told the truth, [we] did not raise their names in New Line casting conversations.”
Harvey Weinstein is the central figure of the Hollywood harassment scandal, in which dozens of actresses have accused him of misconduct.
Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd were among the first women to publicly share her experiences of harassment from Harvey Weinstein back in October.
Harvey Weinstein has “unequivocally denied” any allegations of non-consensual acts.
According to new reports, Ashley Judd is getting back together with her reportedly estranged husband, Dario Franchitti.
Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti were giving their relationship another try, sources confirmed to Us Weekly.
According to Contactmusic, Dario Franchitti was recently discharged from the hospital after undergoing surgery to treat injuries he received after being in an accident at the Houston Grand Prix in Texas.
Ashley Judd is getting back together with her reportedly estranged husband, Dario Franchitti
“They are going to give it another try after he recovers,” a source told Us Weekly.
“His accident made her realize how much she loves him.”
Ashley Judd reportedly rushed to the hospital after learning about Dario Franchitti’s accident.
Dario Franchitti suffered from a concussion, a fractured spine and a fractured right ankle after colliding with Takuma Sato, a fellow driver, and slamming into a fence on October 6.
Ashley Judd rushed to her estranged husband Dario Franchitti’s side following the car crash at the Houston Grand Prix on Sunday.
The accident left Dario Franchitti with a concussion, broken right ankle and two fractured vertebrae.
Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti announced their split in January 2013 after 11 years of marriage
Debris from his high speed crash flew into the stands, injuring 13 fans according to the Associated Press.
Dario Franchitti, 40, was transported by an ambulance to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. The three-time Indy 500 winner underwent surgery on his ankle yesterday.
Ashley Judd, 45, and Dario Franchitti announced their split in January 2013 after 11 years of marriage. Although the pair has yet to file for divorce, it is unclear whether they have officially reconciled.
“We have mutually decided to end our marriage,” Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti said in a statement at the time of their separation.
“We’ll always be family and continue to cherish our relationship based on the special love, integrity, and respect we have always enjoyed.”
Hollywood actress Ashley Judd is reportedly poised to announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate in May.
Speculation has been rife for days that Ashley Judd is planning to challenge incumbent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in her home state of Kentucky.
Ashley Judd has reportedly set a date to publicly confirm the move, telling her key advisers and political figures that she’ll announce the run for the Democratic nomination around the Kentucky Derby – an event in early May that brings national focus to Louisville.
According to the Huffington Post, Ashley Judd has attempted to quash the claims.
“I am not sure who is saying this stuff, but it is not I!” the actress and social activist told the news website.
“I’d prefer as a fan of your journalism that you stay accurate and credible. We told everyone who called us [Friday] these stories are fabrications.”
Ashley Judd is reportedly poised to announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate in May
But, according to the Huffington Post, Ashley Judd, 44, failed to directly respond to questions about whether or not she had decided to run or if she’d chosen when she would declare such plans.
“I know she knows she has to declare soon,” a highly placed elected official, who declined to be identified, told the website.
“She could always change her mind. I changed my mind twice before I finally declared. But as of now it is a done deal.”
According to the Huffington Post, sources have revealed Ashley Judd discussed her intentions with former Gov. Wendell H. Ford, 88, who is the dean of Kentucky Democrats.
President Barack Obama-supporter Ashley Judd has so far refused to speak publicly about her political aspirations, but all the signs are pointing towards a confirmation sooner rather than later.
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