While increasing numbers of women have spoken out after Hollywood big-wig Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct, one woman who may be greatly affected by the scandal has remained silent.
Georgina Chapman, Weinstein’s famously-stylish 41-year-old wife, is yet to comment on a New York Times report published last week detailing decades of allegations against the 65-year-old movie executive.
Weinstein plans to sue the Times over the article, accusing it of “reckless reporting” over its claims he’d reached settlements with eight women who had accused him of sexual harassment.
In the days following the explosive report, stars like Meryl Streep, Dame Judi Dench and Glenn Close have revealed they were unaware of Weinstein’s behaviour and condemned his actions.
But amid the public relations storm, Weinstein’s British-born wife of 10 years is holed up in a Los Angeles hotel with her husband, reportedly more concerned about the future of her designer clothing brand, Marchesa.
A red carpet mainstay, Marchesa’s success is heavily reliant on Chapman and Weinstein’s A-list friends like Anna Wintour, Heidi Klum and Blake Lively, who wear its creations for everything from the Oscars to their wedding day.
“No star is ever going to want to wear the brand again,” an anonymous New York fashion publicist told The Hollywood Reporter.
Weinstein denies some of the allegations but has admitted to his poor behaviour in the past. Of Chapman, he told the New York Post she was “100 per cent” by his side.
“Georgina and I have talked about this at length,” Weinstein said.
“We went out with [lawyer] Lisa Bloom last night when we knew the article was coming out. Georgina will be with Lisa and others kicking my a––– to be a better human being and to apologise to people for my bad behaviour, to say I’m sorry, and to absolutely mean it.”
Chapman will also no doubt be concerned about the impact of the media scrutiny on her and Weinstein’s two children, daughter India, seven, and son Dashiell, four.
Based between New York and London, the family appear tight-knit on social media, regularly holidaying together in exotic locales.
Chapman is always by Weinstein’s side at high-profile events like the Golden Globes and he, in turn, is a front-row regular at her shows.
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On the Friday after the news broke, Chapman was photographed stepping out of the family’s New York townhouse looking immaculate, even managing a smile.
A source told People while Chapman was “furious and embarrassed” by the allegations, she was more worried about the future of her business, which she co-founded with friend Keren Craig in 2004.
The high-end company employs Chapman’s brother and several of her friends and is sold globally, producing elaborate evening and wedding gowns, handbags and jewellery.
Chapman has spent many years fighting suggestions Marchesa’s success is thanks to Weinstein’s influence and A-lister friends.
In an interview with Vogue, Weinstein insisted his wife had become a power player in her own right.
“Within a year or two, it became actresses calling me on the phone asking if she was available for them,” he said.
Whether the brand has forged its own path far enough to stand alone from Weinstein’s personal brand remains to be seen.
Of course, many have pointed out Chapman cannot be held accountable for her husband’s actions, and should not be punished as a result of them.
Weinstein himself told Vogue of his wife in 2013: “Unlike her husband, she’s really nice. People will believe that, trust me.”