Thursday 24 May 2018

Georgina Chapman said she was 'humiliated and broken' after Harvey Weinstein allegations

The fashion designer says she cries for the children she shares with the movie mogul.

The 89th Academy Awards – Vanity Fair Party – Los Angeles
The 89th Academy Awards – Vanity Fair Party – Los Angeles
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and British designer Georgina Chapman attend the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A.CLARY
Harvey Weinstein and designer Georgina Chapman (R) arrive for a State Dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House on March 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. Cameron is on a three day official visit to Washington. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman attend the Haute Living Celebrates Georgina Chapman with Perrier-Jouet and JetSmarter event at Socialista New York on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Haute Living)
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Producer Harvey Weinstein and designer Georgina Chapman attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman

Laura Harding, Press Association Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Georgina Chapman has spoken for the first time since she left husband Harvey Weinstein, saying she was “so humiliated and so broken” after the allegations of sexual misconduct emerged against him.

The Marchesa fashion designer said she was “never” suspicious about his behaviour, and described him as a “wonderful partner” to her during their 10 years of marriage.

She told US Vogue she did not go out in public for five months after women began to make accusations about her husband’s behaviour, ranging from sexual harassment to rape, and she announced she was leaving him.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

She told the magazine: “I was so humiliated and so broken…that…I…didn’t think it was respectful to go out.

“I thought, ‘Who am I to be parading around with all of this going on?’ It’s still so very, very raw. I was walking up the stairs the other day and I stopped; it was like all the air had been punched out of my lungs.”

Chapman added that she has begun to see a therapist, saying: “At first I couldn’t, because I was too shocked. And I somehow felt that I didn’t deserve it.

“And then I realised, ‘This has happened. I have to own it. I have to move forward.

Producer Harvey Weinstein and designer Georgina Chapman attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Producer Harvey Weinstein and designer Georgina Chapman attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

“There was a part of me that was terribly naive — clearly, so naive. I have moments of rage. I have moments of confusion. 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!”

After the first piece alleging Weinstein’s harassment was published in the New York Times in October 2017, followed by New Yorker articles that contained allegations of rape, Chapman says she “lost 10 pounds in five days”, and took refuge with her friend, actor David Oyelowo, and his wife Jessica.

She added: “I couldn’t keep food down,” saying it took her “about two days” to absorb the information.

She said: “My head was spinning. And it was difficult because the first article was about a time long before I’d ever met him, so there was a minute where I couldn’t make an informed decision.

Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman

“And then the stories expanded and I realised that this wasn’t an isolated incident. And I knew that I needed to step away and take the kids out of here.”

Asked if they had had a good marriage, she said: “That’s what makes this so incredibly painful: I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life.”

Questioned if she was every suspicious about his behaviour, she replied: “Absolutely not. Never.”

Discussing what her initial attraction to him was, she said: “He’s charismatic. He’s an incredibly bright, very learned man. And very charitable.

“He paid for a friend of mine’s mother, who had breast cancer, to go to a top doctor. He was amazing like that. He is amazing like that. That is the tough part of this… this black-and-white thing… life isn’t like that.”

She added: “He was a wonderful partner to me. He was a friend and a confidant and a supporter. Yes, he’s a big personality… But I don’t know. I wish I had the answers. But I don’t.”

A representative for Weinstein has been contacted for comment.

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