After allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault were brought to light against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, his wife has announced she will be leaving him.
Georgina Chapman and Weinstein have been married for 10 years and share two children together.
Per Fox News:
Despite an initial statement from Weinstein earlier this week claiming that his wife is dedicated to standing by him, Chapman released a statement of her own to People explaining that she’s leaving her husband and named the recent sexual assault allegations as the cause.
“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,” her statement read.
Chapman’s statement counters an earlier statement made by Weinstein, where he said he and his wife “talked about this at length” and the two were staying together, People reports:
“She stands 100 percent behind me. Georgina and I have talked about this at length,” Weinstein told the New York Post, adding that Chapman was helping him become “a better human” and to “apologize to people for my bad behavior, to say I’m sorry, and to absolutely mean it.”
Daily Mail reports Chapman may be leaving Weinstein in an effort to save her designer line:
She is also the co-founder of high-end women’s fashion line Marchesa – and before the announcement of her split from Weinstein, sources said that she was struggling to save the brand from being tarnished by her husband’s allegations.
But leaving him might present other problems for the beleaguered British designer.
A source told People that she is terrified that the line, which is loved by many of the women who have starred in her husband’s films, will founder without his help.
That’s because he – as one of the heaviest hitters in Hollywood – has access to the A-list stars that can keep the brand in the public eye.
A TV fashion source said: ‘Harvey is the one with all the friends. It’s going to be a tough time for her and Marchesa’.
A New York fashion publicist who did not want to be named told the Hollywood reporter: ‘No star is ever going to want to wear the brand again.’
According to People, Weinstein will be moving into a residential treatment center:
Harvey Weinstein is heading to a residential treatment facility, multiple sources tell PEOPLE.
The movie mogul’s decision to seek professional help comes in the wake of a massive and ongoing sexual harassment and assault scandal, in which dozens of women have come forward to accuse him of abuse over the course of decades