BY ANUJ RADIA
The Harvey Weinstein scandal has sent shockwaves across the film industry, carving the way for movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp to grow prominence and to combat sexual harassment in the film industry. The campaigns began in Hollywood and are now transitioning
Weinstein’s ex-wife, Georgina Chapman, has given her first interview since the scandal erupted around her husband, saying that she never knew about his alleged sexual misconduct, and breaking down in sobs when speaking about their two small children.
In an interview in Vogue’s June issue, posted online Thursday, Chapman says she had “what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life.” Asked if she had suspicions about her husband’s behaviour, she says: “Absolutely not. Never.”
“There was a part of me that was terribly naive – clearly, so naive,” she says at another point. “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?” Her interviewer writes that Chapman breaks down in tears at this point. “It’s like, they love their dad. They love him. I just can’t bear it for them!”
The interview comes seven months after Chapman announced she was divorcing Weinstein, who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual abuse, including assault and rape. After issuing that statement, she has remained out of public view.
Her fashion line, Marchesa, which she co-founded with Keren Craig, cancelled its show for February’s New York Fashion Week, and Marchesa gowns were nowhere to be seen at awards shows like the Golden Globes and the Oscars.
In the interview, Chapman describes staying out of public view for five months. “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.”
She says she has been seeing a therapist. “At first I couldn’t because I was too shocked,” she says. “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.”
Chapman also says the designers themselves made the decision not to offer any clothes for awards season. “We didn’t feel it was appropriate given the situation,” she says. “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.”
Weinstein has apologized for causing pain with his behaviour but has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.