As the Harvey Weinstein scandal widens, the disgraced movie mogul may soon find himself in divorce court after his wife, Georgina Chapman, has announced she’s leaving him.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” says Chapman in a statement to People.
“I have chosen to leave my husband,” her statement continues. “Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”
Weinstein was fired from his own firm, The Weinstein Company, following a damning New York Times expose detailing a decades-long pattern of sexual harassment of women, with stars including Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie among the many women to come forward and allege they too were victims of Weinstein’s predatory sexual advances.
Chapman’s exit stands in harsh contrast to earlier statements Weinstein made as the scandal was still breaking, in which he claimed his wife was behind him all the way.
“She stands 100 per cent behind me,” Weinstein told the New York Post. “Georgina and I have talked about this at length. We went out with Lisa Bloom [Weinstein’s former attorney, who resigned on Saturday] last night when we knew the article was coming out. Georgina will be with Lisa and others kicking my ass to be a better human being and to apologize to people for my bad behaviour, to say I’m sorry, and to absolutely mean it.”
In a subsequent interview with the Daily Mail, Weinstein insisted his family was united behind him. “I have had tough conversations with my family, really tough ones but my family is standing with me,” he said. “I have a journey and I have to prove to every person that’s out there that I’m worthy of them and I have to prove to my family the same thing,”
Following his wife’s announcement, Weinstein released a statement of his own. “Over the last week, there has been a lot of pain for my family that I take responsibility for. I sat down with my wife Georgina, who I love more than anything, and we discussed what was best for our family,” reads the statement.
“We discussed the possibility of a separation and I encouraged her to do what was in her heart,” Weinstein’s statement continues. “In the end, she made the decision to separate. I understand, I love her and I love our children and hopefully, when I am better, I will be in their lives again. I support her decision, I am in counselling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild.”
Chapman and Weinstein were married in 2007, and have two children together.