Months after holding her silence, Georgina Chapman, wife of Harvey Weinstein finally spoke about the matter in an interview. The interview is a first for Chapman since the scandal broke out.
Speaking for the Vogue’s June issue, Georgina said she had absolutely no idea about any of the alleged sexual misconduct. She was also found tearing up when speaking about their two children. Excerpts of the interview were published online.
During the talk, Georgina revealed what she believed had “what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life.” When quizzed about the having any doubts pertaining to Harvey’s misconduct, she said: “Absolutely not. Never.”
“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?”
Chapman sobbed, saying, “It’s like, they love their dad. They love him. I just can’t bear it for them!”
This first time in seven months that Chapman spoke about her side of the story. She had only disclosed that a divorce was on the card for her and Harvey, immediately after the news came forth. Post the announcement, she remained low-key. Her brand ‘Marchesa’ too did not make much buzz especially during the New York Fashion Week, Golden Globes and the Oscars.
Surprisingly, last week, Marchesa made a second debut when Scarlett Johansson walked on the Met Gala red carpet wearing a deep red gown with flower appliques.
Vogue’s editor and the most influential fashionista in America, Anna Wintour, dropped Georgina and Marchesa’s name when she was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She praised Georgina calling her a “brilliant designer” and made a point of not punishing her because of her husband’s misdeeds.
“I am firmly convinced that Georgina had no idea about her husband’s behaviour,” Wintour wrote. “Blaming her for any of it, as too many have in our gladiatorial digital age, is wrong. I believe that one should not hold a person responsible for the actions of his or her partner. What Georgina should be receiving is our compassion and understanding.”
Georgina recalls the first five months after the scandal broke out. “I was so humiliated and so broken,” she says, “that ... 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 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.”
Talking about her stint with a therapist to deal with the harrowing episode, she said, “At first I couldn’t because I was too shocked. And I somehow felt that I didn’t deserve it. And then I realized: This has happened. I have to own it. I have to move forward.”
A brave woman that Chapman is, she made another solid decision to not offer any clothes from the home brand to any celebrities for the red carpet. “We didn’t feel it was appropriate given the situation. All the women who have been hurt deserve dignity and respect, so I want to give it the time it deserves. It’s a time for mourning, really,” she says.
As for Weinstein, he asked for forgiveness for his inappropriate behavior. However, he has denied every charge he faces pertaining to the sexual misconduct.
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