Harvey Weinstein & Georgina Chapman’s Mysterious Marriage: Inside the Making of a Hollywood Power Couple

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If Harvey Weinstein were casting a movie, he probably wouldn’t go with himself as the romantic lead.

Yet there he was, starring in his own fairy-tale wedding almost 10 years ago opposite the stunning British fashion designer Georgina Chapman, the power couple swapping vows just a month after Weinstein proposed.

Meanwhile, in a statement released Thursday, Weinstein said that he’s spent the past 10 years trying to repair his reputation and be a better man after behaving in a way with colleagues that “caused a lot of pain.” At the same time, an attorney for the co-founder of The Weinstein Company also said Thursday that his client is planning to sue The New York Times for a story “saturated with false and defamatory statements,” with all proceeds going to women’s organizations.

The Times‘ story details allegations of harassment against Weinstein that go back decades, as well as states that the famed producer has reached at least eight financial settlements with women over that time. Ashley Judd is among the women quoted in the article, her story of being sexually harassed by Weinstein dating back 20 years.

“Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly,” the actress told the Times.

“I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed,” Weinstein asserted in his Thursday statement, which was issued in response to the allegations in the Times story. “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past have caused a lot pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.” His plan, he said, is to take a leave of absence to work on himself with the help of a “team of people” put together by attorney and women’s rights advocate Lisa Bloom.

Meanwhile, two years ago Weinstein was investigated and ultimately cleared after a 22-year-old model accused him of groping her in his office at the Tribeca Film Center in New York. “After analyzing the available evidence, including multiple interviews with both parties, a criminal charge is not supported,” the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said in April 2015.

While authorities were looking into the model’s claim, Weinstein and Chapman were spotted together at their Connecticut estate, but the New York Daily News heard from a source that Chapman was “furious” at the story. A few days before news of the allegations broke, she was asked by Fashionista what was in the works for Charles James, the defunct fashion house Weinstein had purchased the rights to and on which his wife was supposedly going to be consulting.

“I’m not actually,” she replied. “My husband has bought the brand, but I don’t think that anything has been confirmed as to what they’re doing with it. You’d have to talk to him about it; I really don’t know what his plans are.” 

“Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go,” Weinstein said Thursday.

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