Film industry giant Harvey Weinstein is finally facing the music for the alleged crimes of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. And he’s not getting any support from his now ex-wife Georgina Chapman. Curious to know more about her? So were we, so we did some digging.
The sexual assault and rape trial of film producer Harvey Weinstein has begun in Manhattan, New York. He could be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty.
Weinstein is charged with predatory sexual assault and criminal sexual act in the first degree for an alleged sexual assault against his production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006. And he’s also charged with predatory sexual assault, rape in the first degree, and rape in the third degree from an alleged incident involving an anonymous woman in 2013. Not surprisingly, Weinstein has pleaded not guilty.
And charges have also been filed against Harvey Weinstein in Los Angeles, California. These charges are related to the rape of one woman and sexual assault of another in 2013.
But enough about the guy who unwittingly launched the #MeToo movement. We’re all curious to know more about the embattled former Miramax mogul’s ex-spouse. So let’s get into nine facts you might not know about Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein’s wife of 10 years!
Fact #1: She Had Physical & Mental Struggles
Georgina Rose Chapman was born on April 14, 1976 in London, England to Caroline Wonfor and Brian Chapman.
Georgina Chapman is known for her physical beauty. And she was living a seemingly charmed life as Harvey Weinstein’s spouse…up until October 2017, anyway. But she had her share of difficulties as a child.
She was born with a hip defect called femoral anteversion. This meant Chapman was severely pigeon-toed. Because of this, she was quite clumsy and actually had difficulty walking. So, young Chapman felt left out at school, especially with her challenges in taking part in sports activities.
When she was eight years old, Chapman was diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disorder that can affect one’s ability to read or process language. This led to her feeling further ostracized.
Fact #2: She Was Discovered at Age 17
Despite her physical struggles, she was a natural beauty. So, Georgina Chapman was scouted by a modelling agent at age 17. Although she did modelling work for a few years, such as ads for dandruff shampoo and throat lozenges, she didn’t love it.
“Being scrutinized as you are in that industry—‘Too short for the catwalk!’ ‘You’ve got to lose weight!’—I don’t think she really wanted to be a part of all that,” her friend Andrea Remanda said in an interview with Vogue.
Fact #3: She Had the Acting Bug
But modelling was just something Georgina Chapman did to make money. Acting was something she actually felt passionate about as a young woman.
Chapman did a stint as an actor after graduating from the Wimbledon School of Art in 2001, before her career in design took off. She appeared in several shorts, TV movies, TV series, and feature films between 2001 and 2007. Some of her credits include Awake, The Nanny Diaries, Derailed, Match Point, Bride & Prejudice, and Shanghai Knights.
Of course, once Chapman became a hot commodity in the design world, her love of acting and fashion culminated in her being a regular judge on Project Runway: All Stars, from 2012 to 2019. She’s also appeared as herself on TV series such as Gossip Girl, High Society, Under the Gunn, and So Cosmo.
Fact #4: She Allegedly Started Dating Weinstein before He Was Divorced
Georgina Chapman reportedly became involved with Harvey Weinstein before he and his first wife, Eve Chilton, divorced.
Chilton and Weinstein were married since 1987, divorcing in 2004. It’s not known if they were separated before he started dating Chapman, but it’s very possible. Especially since Chilton herself got remarried not long after the official divorce.
Chapman and Weinstein met at a party in 2003, before his 2004 divorce. Though there are 24 years between them, it seems that there was an instant attraction. Chapman describes her early impression of the older man as charismatic, intelligent, and charitable.
People were surprised by the pairing, but Weinstein and Chapman started dating. It was on and off at first, but it became more serious in 2005. The couple was married at Weinstein’s waterfront estate in Connecticut, on December 15, 2007.
Thanks to Weinstein’s wealth, they divided their time between homes in Los Angeles, California, Westport, Connecticut, and West Village, New York.
Weinstein and Chapman have two children together: a daughter, India Pearl, born August 30, 2010; and a son, Dashiell Max Robert, born April 11, 2013. Weinstein also has three children with his first wife: Lily, Emma, and Ruth.
Fact #5: She Didn’t Know of Weinstein’s Alleged Sex Crimes
In October 2017, both The New York Times and The New Yorker broke the news of sexual harassment and assault allegations (including rape) made by multiple women against Harvey Weinstein. This was followed by a cascade of similar admissions of victimization at the hands of Weinstein from a slew of women in the film industry.
That was the start of the powerful #MeToo movement…and the beginning of the end for the powerful, Oscar-winning producer.
Harvey Weinstein’s employment was immediately terminated by the production company he co-founded, The Weinstein Company. He was also booted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and resigned from the Directors Guild of America. At that time, the LAPD began investigating an allegation of rape against Weinstein.
And the consequences extended to his personal life. After 10 years of what she thought was a happy marriage to a man she’s described as a wonderful father, Georgina Chapman announced that she was divorcing Harvey Weinstein on October 10, 2017.
Since the huge news broke about her (now ex) husband, Chapman has been berated, vilified, and harassed. Because she was married for 10 years to Weinstein, a man alleged to have abused his power to coerce, sexually harass, and sexually assault women, people have pointed the finger at Chapman for being complicit. How could his wife not have known, people wondered?
Plus, Weinstein did give Chapman’s fashion line a boost simply by attending shows, bringing celebrities with him, and encouraging or even forcing Hollywood’s elite to sport Marchesa gowns on the red carpet.
But Georgina Chapman revealed she was shocked when her husband’s alleged crimes and abuses of power were outed by the media in early October. “I lost ten pounds in five days. I couldn’t keep food down,” she told Vogue’s Jonathan Van Meter.
Chapman described herself as very naïve during her time with Weinstein. Her husband traveled constantly for his work, so she didn’t exactly keep tabs on where he was every moment. And Weinstein was apparently very good at covering up what he was doing. Wealth and power can make that pretty easy.
It took Chapman about two days before the shock wore off and the reality about the horrible allegations against her husband, which were piling on as time went by, set in. And that’s when she left with their two children.
Georgina Chapman, who describes herself as a broken, humiliated woman, was basically in hiding for a long period of time after the alleged Weinstein sex crime revelations. She first fled to Los Angeles, where she stayed with her close friend actor David Oyelowo and his family, then she headed to London, to stay with her parents.
Once a woman much in the media spotlight for her fashion design work and very involved in the New York social scene, Chapman wasn’t seen in public for quite some time.
The fashion maven cancelled the Marchesa runway show for the line’s fall 2018 collection. And she didn’t make any Marchesa label clothes available for celebrities during award season. Chapman did this out of respect for Weinstein’s alleged victims.
“It’s a time for mourning, really,” the designer said.
In defense of Chapman, her friend Oyelowo said “…this catastrophe was unfolding in real time across the globe, literally your worst nightmare in terms of a marriage, in terms of the future of your kids and your business. And none of this was your own doing and yet you are entirely lumped into it.”
But even though her husband’s alleged actions have damaged her business, broken up her marriage and family, and caused her to suffer emotionally, Chapman doesn’t want to be seen as a victim.
“…I don’t think I am [a victim]. I am a woman in a shit situation, but it’s not unique.”
To this day, Georgina Chapman is rarely seen in public, has stopped posting on social media, and only communicates with her ex-husband about their children and their divorce settlement. She has not appeared at any of his legal hearings leading up to his current trial.
Fact #6: Her Fashion Line Took a Big Hit
Georgina Chapman’s fashion label, Marchesa, has indeed suffered from the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Chapman met fellow designer Keren Craig when they both took courses at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England.
When Chapman graduated from the Wimbledon School of Art and Craig from Brighton Art College, the friends decided to combine their talents.
With Chapman’s draping skills and Craig’s embroidery and textile talents, they launched their own fashion line in 2004. They named it for Marchesa Luisa Casati, a 20th century heiress known for her eccentricity and patronage of the arts.
Chapman and Craig have mainly focused on designer and bridal dresses for women, with their Marchesa signature line and Marchesa Notte diffusion line. But they’ve also released handbag, jewelry, and children’s clothing lines. Marchesa is primarily noted for its ultra-feminine, glamorous concoctions.
Once a red carpet darling, Marchesa has lost the support of most of Hollywood since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke. Many believe that this is well-deserved; after all, Marchesa would not have been as successful if it hadn’t been for the influence of the infamous producer forcing actresses under his thumb to wear the brand, right?
After initially holding down the fort during the media and legal storm and her partner’s absence from New York, Keren Craig decided to exit Marchesa on June 25, 2019.
However, the brand lives on.
In spite of the controversy about Marchesa’s links to Harvey Weinstein, the bridal wear line still does good business.
And there are those in Hollywood and among the social elite who are rallying around Georgina Chapman. They don’t think it’s fair that yet another woman has to suffer because of Weinstein’s alleged crimes.
Fashion powerhouse Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Project Runway: All Stars co-host Alyssa Milano, and TV host (and daughter of U.S. senator John McCain) Meghan McCain made public statements of support for Chapman.
And actresses Scarlett Johansson, Constance Wu, and Priyanka Chopra all wore Marchesa dresses at public events after the news about Weinstein hit and Hollywood had started its unofficial boycott of Chapman’s brand.
“…why should the two women designers be punished for a man’s disgusting behavior,” McCain asked in an interview with People? The View co-host wore a Marchesa wedding dress at her November 2017 wedding, just a month after the Harvey Weinstein scandal exploded, despite pressure to switch designers.
In her June 2018 editor’s letter, Wintour, who’d known Chapman since she and Craig launched Marchesa, wrote: “I am firmly convinced that Georgina had no idea about her husband’s behavior; blaming her for any of it, as too many have in our gladiatorial digital age, is wrong.”
Fact #7: Love of Animals Runs in Her Family
On a lighter note, it seems that Georgina Chapman is an animal-lover!
Before she dropped off the social media scene, among all her high-fashion Instagram posts were images of dogs, cats, ponies, and horses, including her own two adorable dogs, rescue mutt Myrtle and Norfolk terrier Rockie.
And her children take after her.
Chapman’s daughter India has been riding ponies and horses in competitions, including the Hampton Classic, since she was quite small. She mostly rides at Stony Hill Stables in Amagansett (East Hampton). And the designer has said that her son Dashiell “responds to animals.”
In fact, at the time Chapman was interviewed for the Vogue article in 2018, she was planning to transition to the rural life by buying a farm in upstate New York.
Fact #8: She Has a Younger Brother
Georgina Chapman has a younger brother, Edward Chapman.
Edward followed his sister to the U.S. He’s been working as the CEO for Georgina’s fashion business Marchesa since 2005.
Edward married publicist Katy Schell in December 2017 on Harbour Island, in the Bahamas. The couple resides in the West Village area of New York City.
Edward Chapman, although no actor, also made an appearance in an episode of Project Runway All Stars and in a TV special, Project Runway Spotlight: Project Marchesa.
Fact #9: She Met a Special Someone in Puerto Rico
According to an exclusive report by the UK’s The Sun, Georgina Chapman may have started dating a new man in 2019.
According to The Sun, Danish supermodel Helena Christensen played matchmaker by reintroducing Chapman to actor Adrien Brody at the launch of her Staerk-Christensen resort collection.
The April 2019 launch was a weekend affair in Puerto Rico, consisting of socializing, sunning, and getting a preview of the collection.
Georgina Chapman and Adrien Brody had met previously, through her powerhouse ex, Harvey Weinstein, of course. But meeting again, both single, it seems they may have hit it off. Having the tropical beauty of Puerto Rico as a backdrop didn’t hurt, to be sure.
The Sun claims that the Academy Award-winning actor and the British designer stayed in touch after Puerto Rico, allegedly going on multiple dates.
This potential new relationship of Georgina Chapman’s has yet to be officially confirmed, so it may just be a rumor. Plus, there’s been no news of it since The Sun reported it in September 2019, so even if it had been true at the time, it may have been short-lived. But they certainly would make an attractive (and more age-appropriate) pair!
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