Georgina Chapman is leaving her husband Harvey Weinstein
Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman made the announcement following new sexual harassment allegations against her husband
Georgina Chapman, co-founder of fashion label Marchesa, is leaving her husband, Harvey Weinstein following allegations against the latter for sexual harassment.
"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time," Chapman told People in a statement. She married Weinstein in 2007 and they share two children, India Pearl and Dashiell Max Robert.
The New York Times published a report last week, revealing that over the years, the film mogul and Miramax co-founder had reached at least eight settlements with women who accused him of sexual harassment – they included Rose McGowan, who was 23 at the time of the settlement in 1997.
Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, and Rosanna Arquette are among the women have spoken up against Weinstein.
Gwyneth had been 22 and had landed the titular role in Miramax-distributed film Emma when she went for a meeting at Weinstein's Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel suite. There, she told The New York Times, he had placed his hands on her and suggested a massage. Angelina, who said "I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth" added that she never chose to work with him again and that "This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."
In another report by the New Yorker, an unnamed female executive from Weinstein's company said that often, a female employee would be asked to join him in meetings with aspiring actresses and models. "It almost felt like the executive or assistant was made to be a honeypot to lure these women in, to make them feel safe," she said.
On Sunday, Weinstein was fired from the Weinstein Company.