NEW YORK CITY (JTA) — The estranged wife of producer Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman, said she was humiliated and shocked by allegations of sexual exploitation by her husband.
Chapman, co-founder of the Marchesa fashion label, recently told Vogue magazine in her first interview over the scandals involving her husband that she had not left her home for weeks since they came to light last October.
“I was so humiliated and so broken that I didn’t think it was respectful to go out,” she told Vogue in the tearful interview.
She also said she was “sickened” by the accusations, which prompted her to file for divorce after 10 years of marriage to Weinstein, 66, who is 24 years older than she. The couple have two children.
More than 70 women have accused the Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct, including rape. Weinstein has denied engaging in nonconsensual sex.
The New York Times and New Yorker articles that preceded and triggered the flood of complaints against Weinstein, who is Jewish, was about incidents that preceded their marriage, she said.
“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. And then the stories expanded and I realized that this wasn’t an isolated incident,” the British designer said.
“There was a part of me that was terribly naive — clearly, so naive. I have moments of rage, I have moments of confusion, I have moments of disbelief,” she added. “And I have moments when I just cry for my children. What are their lives going to be?”