Weinstein’s estranged wife says she knew nothing about alleged misconduct

Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, has spoken out in a tearful interview published today, saying she never knew of her husband’s alleged misconduct, and weeps for their two small children.

Chapman told Vogue magazine she thought she had been in a happy marriage, but was “clearly, so naive.”

“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?” she said. 

Earlier this week, Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour came out in support of Chapman on Stephen Colbert’s late-night show. And on Monday, Scarlett Johansson wore a gown by Chapman’s fashion line Marchesa at the Met Gala, which Wintour presides over.

Wintour is seen as the most influential arbiter of American fashion. She also wrote an editor’s letter in Vogue in which she says it’s wrong to blame Chapman, who should instead be receiving compassion and understanding.

“I am firmly convinced that Georgina had no idea about her husband’s behaviour,” Wintour wrote. 

Weinstein, 66, an Oscar-winning film producer, faces sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations, including rape, from more than 70 women, including actresses Rose McGowan, Salma Hayek and Asia Argento.

He was fired from the Weinstein Company — the film studio he co-founded with his brother in 2005 — in October 2017, days after the New York Times published a story detailing some of the allegations against him. 

Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.

The scandal forced the Weinstein Company into bankruptcy in March. It was purchased by a private equity firm earlier this week. 

SOURCE: CBC.ca

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