“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband,” the Marchesa founder told People. “Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”
Chapman married the condemned Hollywood producer in 2007 and has two children, a daughter named India Pearl, and a son named Dashiell Max Robert, with him. Though she has previously remained silent against the growing allegations against her husband, her announcement came on the same day as high-profile Hollywood stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie testified against the movie mogul.
“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Jolie wrote in a statement to the New York Times, which first reported allegations against him last week.
Paltrow alleged that, after Weinstein cast her in the leading role in Emma, he summoned her to his hotel suite and suggested massages in his bedroom. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Paltrow told the newspaper. She told her then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, who then confronted Weinstein. “I thought he was going to fire me,” Paltrow added.
The stars’ testimonies follow allegations of rape from three women, including the Italian actress Asia Argento, and condemnations from Hollywood actresses, including Meryl Streep, Judi Dench, Lena Dunham, Patricia Arquette and Emma Thompson. The story took a turn when Donna Karan was widely criticised after she appeared to defend Weinstein when she called Weinstein and Chapman “wonderful people”.