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Weinstein brothers stopped with Mira Sorvino is cast in a ‘Bad Santa,’ says director

Actress Mira Sorvino arrives at The Weinstein Company & Netflix Golden Globe After y in Beverly Hills, California, January 10, 2016

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“Bad Santa” director Terry Zwigoff said the Weinstein brothers seemed to press him against casting Mira Sorvino in the film, with the director of the claims just hours after fellow-director Peter Jackson said that he was also excluded from the hiring of actress Ashley Judd — two new signs of retaliation against women who would go on to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.

“I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in BAD SANTA, but every time I mentioned her on the phone to the Weinsteins, I would hear a CLICK,” Zwigoff tweeted Friday. “What type of person and hangs on you like that?! I think we all know what kind of person now.”

He added, “I’m sorry Mira.”

I was interested in casting Mira Sorvino in BAD SANTA, but every time I mentioned her on the phone to the Weinsteins, I would hear a CLICK. What type of person and hangs on you like that?! I think we all know what kind of person now. I’m really sorry Mira. https://t.co/9U0PsL2yS5

— Terry Zwigoff (@realzwigoff) December 16, 2017

Harvey Weinstein, via his lawyer, pushed back on Zwigoff the claim in a statement to Entertainment Weekly.

“Mr. Weinstein refuses to speak with Terry about casting. That was a Dimension film (Bob Weinstein) and Harvey had nothing to do with it,” Weinstein’s lawyer said. Bob Weinstein, Harvey’s brother, founder of Dimension Films production company.

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Zwigoff’s comments came just hours after Stuff, a New Zealand website, the publication of an interview with Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, who said that the Weinsteins told him not to hire Sorvino and Ashley Judd. Jackson called it a “smear campaign.”

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“I remember Miramax to tell us that they were a nightmare to work with, and we should avoid them at all costs. This was probably in 1998,” Jackson told Things. “At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in retrospect, I realize that this was probably the Miramax smear campaign in full swing.”

Reps for Harvey Weinstein also denied Jackson’s claims and said that the Weinstein brothers “had no input in the casting,” for “the Lord of the Rings”, according to Entertainment Weekly. He also said that he did not blacklist Sorvino and cited her work in “Mimic” as evidence.

Sorvino tweeted on Friday, shortly after the Stuff report came out that they burst out crying” the reading of the article.

“Seeing this after I woke up, I burst into tears. There is a confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was not sure. Thank you Peter Jackson for the fair. I’m just heartsick,” she tweeted.

Only seeing this after I woke up, I burst into tears. There is a confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was not sure. Thank you Peter Jackson for the fair. I’m just a heartache https://t.co/ljK9NqICbm

— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) December 15, 2017

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct, including rape, by a number of women, asks his own company to fire him. The disgraced movie mogul to treatment and rehabilitation outside of California.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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