Harvey Weinstein's Estranged Wife Breaks Her Silence On His Abuse Allegations
In a new profile in Vogue, Georgina Chapman describes herself as "terribly naive".
There was a quiet controversy at the MET Gala over the weekend, one that raised more eyebrows than outrage, over Scarlett Johansson’s choice of designer.
Johansson wasn't criticised for not sticking to the theme, Heavenly Bodies, or wearing something too outrageous but because she wore a dress by Marchesa, the label of Harvey Weinstein's estranged ex-wife Georgina Chapman.
Johansson's choice of dress became a real talking point, as many wondered if it was appropriate for the actress to be supporting Weinstein's ex. But Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour weighed in on the subject during her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert calling Chapman a "brilliant designer".
"I don't think she should be blamed for her husband's behaviour," Wintour told Colbert.
"I think it was a great gesture of support on Scarlett's part to wear a dress like -- a beautiful dress like that -- on such a public occasion."
At the same time Chapman has broken her silence on her ex-husband in a profile in Vogue.
After the New York Times and New Yorker ran investigations into the disgraced Hollywood producer's history of sexual abuse and misconduct, more than 60 women came forward with stories of their own.
Chapman described herself as "terribly naive", worrying for her children.
"I have moments of rage, I have moments of confusion," the 42-year-old designer said, "I have moments of disbelief! And I have moments when I just cry for my children".
"What are their lives going to be? What are people going to say to them? It’s like, they love their dad. They love him. I just can’t bear it for them!"
Chapman denied ever having knowledge of her husband's misdeeds, the decades of abuse and assault.
That's what makes this so incredibly painful," Chapman said, "I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life".
Chapman married Weinstein in 2007, and the pair had two children together. In October 2017, as more and more accusations began to surface, Chapman announced she was leaving her husband.
"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions," Chapman said in a statement.
"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."
In the wake of her marriage's very public breakdown, Chapman has found a new ally in Huma Abedin, the ex-wife of disgraced politician Anthony Weiner.
"This particular club, ironically, it’s not such a small one," Abedin told Vogue. "Women who have had to endure it in such a public way, women like Georgina and me."
Despite the hurt Chapman feels for the end of her marriage and for her children, she does not want to be viewed as a victim.
"I don’t think I am. I am a woman in a shit situation, but it’s not unique."
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