The estranged British fashion designer wife of Harvey Weinstein claims she “never” suspected him of wrongdoing and was “so naive,” in her first interview since the Hollywood mogul’s downfall over sexual misconduct revelations.
“There was a part of me that was terribly naive — clearly, so naive,” Georgina Chapman, 42, told Vogue in an extensive interview published Thursday, seven months after the rape and sexual harassment allegations snowballed.
“I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life,” she said. Asked if she had ever been suspicious, she replied: “Absolutely not. Never.”
Chapman, the co-founder of fashion label Marchesa, married Weinstein in 2007 and the couple share two children. She left her husband soon after the scandal broke and the couple are divorcing.
“I lost 10 pounds in five days. I couldn’t keep food down,” she said. New York Times and New Yorker reports on Weinstein last October led to his career annihilation, bankruptcy, police investigations and the #MeToo movement that has ousted a host of powerful men from jobs across politics and industry.
Chapman fled New York, to Los Angeles and then London, saying she didn’t go out for five months.
“I was so humiliated and so broken,” she said. “I thought, ‘Who am I to be parading around with all of this going on?’ It’s still so very, very raw.”