Harvey Weinstein’s wife has left him following claims he sexually harassed a number of female employees for almost three decades.
Georgina Chapman – who married the Hollywood producer in 2007 and has two kids, India, seven, and Dashiell, four, with him – described her husband’s alleged misbehaviour as unforgivable and admitted her priority is looking after her children.
She said in a statement to People: ‘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.’
As well as caring for her kids, Chapman, 41, is also said to be concerned about the impact the claims are having on her fashion label Marchesa, whose outfits are often worn by huge stars at red carpet events.
A source recently said: ‘Right now, she seems very focused on Marchesa. Marchesa is her baby too. It’s a family business. She has several friends working for Marchesa and also her brother. She needs to keep business going. She will do what she can to keep her personal life away from Marchesa.’
The fashion designer’s comments come less than a week after Weinstein – who also has Ruth, 14, Emma, 19, and Lily, 22, with his ex-wife Eve Chilton – revealed Georgina and their children are standing with him following the claims.
He said: ‘I have had tough conversations with my family, really tough ones but my family is standing with me.’
‘I have a journey and I have to prove to every person that’s out there that I’m worthy of them and I have to prove to my family the same thing.’
‘This is going to be a journey, a lonely journey, but a journey where my wife and kids couldn’t be stronger and couldn’t be standing behind me more.’
“This way of treating women ends now.” When @gwynethpaltrow was 22, she got a role that would make her a star: Harvey Weinstein hired her for the lead in the Jane Austen adaptation “Emma.” Before shooting began, he summoned her to his suite at @thepeninsulabh for a meeting. It ended with him placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages, she said. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” #GwynethPaltrow said in an interview, publicly disclosing that she was sexually harassed by the man who ignited her career and later helped her win an Academy Award. She refused his advances, she said, and confided in Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time. He confronted the producer, and soon after, #Weinstein threatened her not to tell anyone else. Rosanna Arquettehas a similar account, as does Judith Godrèche, a leading French actress. And Angelina Jolie said that during the release of “Playing by Heart,” #HarveyWeinstein made unwanted advances on her in a hotel room. “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” she wrote in an email. “This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.” @geordiewood photographed @gwynethpaltrow in 2014. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
But since then the 65-year-old producer has been slammed by several stars over the allegations and sacked from his own Weinstein Company.
They said in a statement: ‘In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company – Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar – have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately.’
Weinstein has said sorry for causing pain to some of his colleagues at times during his career, and admitted he is planning to make amends for his past mistakes.
He said: ‘I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologise for it.’
‘I cannot be more remorseful about the people I hurt and I plan to do right by all of them.’
But he denied an accusation made in the New York Times that he harassed female employees for nearly 30 years.
The publication has also claimed he has reached at least eight settlements with women.
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