Weinstein's Wife Speaks: I'm Not a Victim

Georgina Chapman gets personal with 'Vogue' about life after scandal on her husband broke
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2018 9:15 AM CDT
Weinstein's Wife Speaks: I'm Not a Victim
Georgina Chapman arrives at the Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – One woman in the Harvey Weinstein orbit we hadn't heard from yet is finally opening up. Wife Georgina Chapman, who has hunkered down in private since revelations about her husband's sexual misconduct came to light, speaks to Jonathan Van Meter for Vogue. He writes that the night before their first interview, Chapman called him to say she didn't think she could talk about anything "too difficult." And so much of their chats initially focused on her life before Weinstein and her Marchesa couture brand instead: She reveals a "very awkward childhood" due to a hip problem and initially undiagnosed dyslexia, her first forays into modeling and acting, and her fashion inspirations (Alexander McQueen and John Galliano). Slowly, though, Van Meter draws out Chapman's thoughts on her soon-to-be ex and the scandal into which she found herself abruptly thrust.

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Chapman notes that in the days immediately after the news broke, she felt "so humiliated and so broken," losing 10 pounds in less than a week. And she gets emotional when talking about her two kids with Weinstein, 7-year-old India and 5-year-old Dashiell. "I have moments when I just cry for my children," she says. "It's like, they love their dad. … I just can't bear it for them." What makes it all "so incredibly painful" for her is she believed she had a "very happy marriage," and she "absolutely never" suspected anything was amiss with Weinstein's behavior. Now, she's trying to start fresh, putting her finances in order and mulling moving the kids to an upstate New York farm. One thing Chapman doesn't want to be viewed as: a victim. "Because I don't think I am," she notes. "I am a woman in a s-- situation, but it's not unique." More from her here. (Weinstein is said to be living the "good life" in exile.)

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