Harvey Weinstein comes under another criticism. This time it is by fellow producer, Peter Jackson. Following the sexual assault charges by various Hollywood celebrities that ignited the #MeToo Movement, one director now states that the Hollywood mogul was impossible to work with. Director Jackson stated that working with disgraced Harvey Weinstein on the "Lord of the Rings" franchise was a "unpleasant experience".
According to Independent, Weinstein wanted to take the franchise away from Jackson and give the franchise based from J R R. Tolkien’s novel ‘’The Lord Of The Rings’ to fellow filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino.
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Jackson stated, "What we got was a real bully, a very unpleasant experience. Purely because they had this mafia thuggery, and that's no exaggeration. We ultimately left them and were happy to leave them. Me and Fran (Walsh, Jackson's wife and co-writer) promised never to work with them again. I haven't spoken with Harvey for 20 years,"
When asked regarding the ongoing charges filed to the Hollywood model, Weinstein, the filmmaker replied "It's up to the courts and the justice system to find out what's true. If he's done anything like what he's been accused of justice should be brought, it's black and white for me."
After the New York Times and the New Yorker came forward with the accusation of several sexual harassment charges, Weinstein has had a huge fall from grace. After the report, many women from the industry, including Hollywood biggies such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Lupita Nyong'o opened up about facing harassment at the hands of the producer.
According to reports, Weinstein had also allegedly convinced Jackson to blacklist Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino from his films. Both the women later revealed that they were harassed by the producer.