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Sunday 22 July 2018

'I was humiliated by sexual allegations', says Weinstein's wife

Weinstein and Chapman in February 2017, eight months before the first misconduct claims were made. Photo: Reuters
Weinstein and Chapman in February 2017, eight months before the first misconduct claims were made. Photo: Reuters

Harvey Weinstein's estranged wife says she was "humiliated and broken" by the allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Fashion designer Georgina Chapman was speaking for the first time since leaving the disgraced film producer.

She insisted she was "never" suspicious about his behaviour and that he was a "wonderful partner" during their 10-year marriage.

She told US Vogue magazine she did not go out in public for five months when women began making accusations about Weinstein, ranging from sexual harassment to rape.

The film producer has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Chapman said: "I was so humiliated and so broken. I didn't think it was respectful to go out.

"I thought, 'Who am I to be parading around with all of this going on?' It's still very raw."

Chapman added that she has started to see a therapist, saying: "At first I couldn't because I was too shocked. I somehow felt that I didn't deserve it.

"Then I realised, 'This has happened. I have to own it. I have to move forward'.

"There was a part of me that was terribly naive. I have moments of rage, 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."

After the first allegation of Weinstein's harassment appeared in the New York Times in October last year, followed by rape claims in the New Yorker, Chapman says she "lost 10 pounds in five days" and took refuge with her friend, actor David Oyelowo and his wife, Jessica.

Painful

She added that it took her "about two days" to absorb the information.

"My head was spinning," she said. "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.

"Then the stories expanded, and I realised that this wasn't an isolated incident. I knew that I needed to step away and take the kids out of here."

Asked if the couple had had a good marriage, she said: "That's what makes this so incredibly painful. I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life."

Questioned if she was ever suspicious about his behaviour, Chapman replied: "Absolutely not. Never."

On what was her initial attraction to Weinstein, she said: "He's charismatic. He's an incredibly bright, very learned man, and very charitable.

"He paid for a friend of mine's mother, who had breast cancer, to go to a top doctor. He was amazing like that. He is amazing like that.

"That is the tough part of this - this black and white thing. Life isn't like that.

"He was a wonderful partner to me. He was a friend and a confidant and a supporter. Yes, he's a big personality. I wish I had the answers, but I don't."

A representative for Weinstein has been contacted for comment.

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