Actress Tara Strong first revealed the news on Twitter when she responded to a recent news article claiming Weinstein had ruined the careers of Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino, when he told Sir Peter Jackson not to hire them in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
Sorvino is one of more than 50 women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault.
The New Zealand director told the publication Stuff that he was given an advisory about the two actresses in the late 1990s, when he was pitching early plans for "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" films to Miramax - film producer Weinstein's first studio and a cultural force throughout the decade.
Even though Miramax didn't ultimately produce the films, leaving Jackson free to suggest any casting choices he wished to New Line, Jackson said that the damage had already been done.
Jackson also remarked on Weinstein's business practices that "My experience, when Miramax controlled the Lord of the Rings (before New Line took over production of the film), was of Weinstein and his brother behaving like second-rate Mafia bullies".
Jackson, for his part, has stuck to his story, in which he says Miramax told him that Sorvino and Judd were "a nightmare" to work with and should be avoided "at all costs". Harvey told me I had to leave... They asked which if the two roles I preferred, and then I abruptly never heard from hem again.
Harvey Weinstein has denied the allegations of a smear campaign.
Terry Zwigoff, the director of 2003 comedy Bad Santa, tweeted on Saturday (December 16) that he was interested in casting Mira - but the Weinstein Company allegedly hung up on him when he proposed the idea. "They weren't the type of guys I wanted to work with - so I haven't".
Jason Priestley has claimed he once "punched" Harvey Weinstein in the face.
"Around the time of "Rings", Mr. Weinstein cast Ms. Judd in "Frida" and years later, in "Crossing Over"," the statement read. "Thank you Peter Jackson for being honest". "We have no reason to make it up", he added.
Jackson claims in a statement of his own that at the time he had no reason not to take Miramax at their word that the actors were hard to work with, and so he didn't consider them as the film moved forward.
"Amongst the many names raised, Fran [Walsh] and I expressed our enthusiasm for Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino".