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Felicity Huffman says Harvey Weinstein forced her to wear Marchesa or he would pull funding from her film

Actress Felicity Huffman attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Sienna Miller arrives at the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 15, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Sienna Miller arrives to celebrate Marchesa's second anniversary at Bergdorf Goodman October 25, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman arrives to the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 16, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Sandra Bullock arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

Actress Felicity Huffman arrives to the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 16, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress Felicity Huffman arrives to the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton on January 16, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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.

Actress Sienna Miller arrives to celebrate Marchesa's second anniversary at Bergdorf Goodman October 25, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Actress Sienna Miller arrives to celebrate Marchesa's second anniversary at Bergdorf Goodman October 25, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)

"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.

Actress Sandra Bullock arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Actress Sandra Bullock arrives at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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