Felicity Huffman says Harvey Weinstein forced her to wear Marchesa or he would pull funding from her film
Actress Felicity Huffman has revealed movie boss Harvey Weinstein forced her to wear designs by his wife's Marchesa line.
The Desperate Housewives star (54) said Weinstein threatened to pull funding from her 2005 film Transamerica, if she didn't endorse his wife Georgina Chapman's new line on the red carpet. For the last week, dozens of women have come forward alleging sexual misconduct against the disgraced producer and his alleged intimidation tactics.
When asked by TooFab if she was forced to wear Marchesa designs, she said, "Yes, it's true." She wore a flowing white gown to the 2005 Golden Globes, where she was nominated for her performance in the hit tv show as well as the film, which was produced by Miramax, and she subsequently took home a Best Actress award for.
She wore another Marchesa design at the film's 2005 premiere in New York City. Huffman had a long-standing relationship with designer Kevan Hall, who expressed his disappointment that she wasn't in a position to wear one of his designs during one of the most high profile moments in her career.
"I was disappointed when she told me that she could not wear my gown for her nomination for Transamerica because the 'godfather' said she had to wear 'his girlfriend's collection,'" he told The Hollywood Reporter.
A publicist also tole the publication that Weinstein wielded his influence from film to fashion to help build his wife's brand when it launched in 2004. A number of actresses have been pictured wearing the label at the Oscars, Golden Globes and SAG Awards over the years, including Sienna Miller who was told Weinstein would be "very upset if she didn't wear Marchesa" while sitting with him at the 2007 Golden Globes.
"He was the mastermind behind Marchesa, orchestrating deals and using his influence in terms of the celebrity connections for her on behalf of the brand," the PR told the mag.
Chapman released a statement earlier this week announcing she is separating from her husband of 10 years, denouncing his "unforgivable behaviour".
"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," she said in a statement.
He later released a statement saying he supported her decision. "I sat down with my wife, Georgina, who I love more than anything, and we discussed what was best for our family. We discussed the possibility of a separation and I encouraged her to do what was in her heart. In the end, she made the decision to separate.