Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife Georgina Chapman has broken her silence over the multiple sexual assault scandals surrounding her ex-husband, admitting she had been “so naive”.
Asked by Vogue magazine if she was ever suspicious during their 10 years with the once-powerful movie producer, the fashion designer replied: “Never … Absolutely not”.
Chapman said she had “never been one of those people who obsesses about where someone is”, and was “so humiliated and so broken” when the scandal unfolded.
“I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life.”
Chapman, 42, married Weinstein in 2007 before she announced that she was leaving him almost seven months ago when sexual assault allegations from dozens of women emerged.
“I was so humiliated and so broken that I didn’t think it was respectful to go out,” she said.
“I thought, ‘who am I to be parading around with all of this going on?’ It’s still so very, very raw. I was walking up the stairs the other day and I stopped. It was like all the air had been punched out of my lungs.”
According to Vogue, Chapman, 42, broke down “crying so hard she has to take a moment” when questioned about the couple’s two children, who are aged seven and five.
“There was a part of me that was terribly naive – clearly, so naive,” she said.
“I have moments of rage, I have moments of confusion, I have moments of disbelief. And I have moments when I just cry for my children. What are their lives going to be?
“What are people going to say to them? It’s like, they love their dad. They love him. I just can’t bear it for them.”
When Chapman first found out about the claims, she said she lost “ten pounds in five days. I couldn’t keep food down”. She said it took her two days to comprehend the situation.
“My head was spinning. And it was difficult because the first article was about a time long before I’d ever met him, so there was a minute where I couldn’t make an informed decision,” Chapman said.
“And then the stories expanded and I realised that this wasn’t an isolated incident. And I knew that I needed to step away and take the kids out of here.”
She said she took the children and went to stay with longtime friend and actor David Oyelowo.
Chapman runs New York-based label Marchesa, which was tainted by its association with Weinstein.
Her brand did not secure a first A-list endorsement since the scandal until Scarlett Johansson wore one of the firm’s creations at the Met Gala.
Chapman said Weinstein was a “wonderful partner” and that “he was a friend and a confidant and a supporter. Yes, he’s a big personality… but… I don’t know. I wish I had the answers. But I don’t”.