Harvey Weinstein is looking down the barrel of divorce and exclusion from key industry events after news took over Hollywood that the film mogul has sexually abused multiple women for the past 30 years
Georgina Chapman, Weinstein’s wife of ten years, has announced she is leaving the producer, The Telegraph states. The British fashion designer called her husband’s behaviour “unforgivable” and said her “heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain.” In a statement, Chapman said “I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.” Her announcement comes as Weinstein arrived at a rehabilitation centre in Europe to receive therapy for sex addiction.
After actresses Rose McGowan and Ashely Judd shared their stories of sexual harassment, a number of other actresses spoke up earlier this week. Top celebrities including Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow told of their own abusive experience with Weinstein, and have since been joined by model Cara Delevingn, French actress Léa Seydoux and actress Kate Beckinsale. “Harvey is an emblem of a system that is sick,” Beckinsale wrote on Instagram.
After celebrities including Meryl Streep, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney and Jennifer Lawrence released statements openly condemning Weinstein’s actions, a number of other Hollywood stars have also joined in. British actor Colin Firth told The Guardian the news made him feel sick. “It’s with a feeling of nausea that I read what was going on while I was benefiting from Harvey Weinstein’s support,” he said. “He was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to. It must have been terrifying for these women to step up and call him out. And horrifying to be subjected to that kind of harassment. I applaud their courage.”
Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama, both of whom Weinstein considered friends, have publicly denounced the producer. Clinton said she was “shocked and appalled,” The Telegraph reports, while Obama stated that he and Michelle were “disgusted by the recent reports.” The former President of the United States added that “any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth and status… We all need to build a culture – including by empowering our girls and teaching our boys decency and respect – so we can make such behaviour less prevalent in the future.”
Adding to the mounting denunciations by Hollywood’s biggest stars is the The British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ (BAFTA) announcement that they have suspended Weinstein’s membership. A statement from the organisation said Weinstein’s behaviour was “completely unacceptable and incompatible with BAFTA’s values.” It added that “we hope this announcement sends a clear message that such behaviour has absolutely no place in our industry.”
Oscar organisers could follow suit, The Guardian reports. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences declared the behaviour of the man they awarded an Oscar to in 1999 unfit for the esteemed ceremony. “The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents,” a statement read. The Academy said they had arranged a meeting to discuss how best to respond to the situation.