Harvey Weinstein and his wife of 10 years, designer Georgina Chapman, have split amid his sexual harassment scandal.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” the Marchesa designer said in a statement. “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.”
The couple, who married in 2007 have two children together.
Chapman’s announcement comes less than a week after the New York Times published an in-depth investigative report where several women came forward and claimed sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey.
Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan were some of his alleged victims but after the story broke, more women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault and rape, including Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino and Italian actress and director Asia Argento, who gave a detailed account of her sexual abuse.
Weinstein took a leave of absence from the company the day the story broke but was subsequently fired by his own company on Sunday, October 8.
When the first allegations came to light, Weinstein said in an interview that his wife was standing by him.
“She stands 100 percent behind me. Georgina and I have talked about this at length. We went out with Lisa Bloom last night when we knew the article was coming out,” he said. “Georgina will be with Lisa and others kicking my ass to be a better human being and to apologize to people for my bad behavior, to say I’m sorry, and to absolutely mean it.” Recently, Lisa Bloom, her attorney at the time, announced her resignation as advisor to Harvey.
Numerous stars have spoken out against Weinstein, including actors George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Ewan McGregor, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, directors Ryan Coogler, Kevin Smith, Judd Appatow, studio heads such as Disney’s Michael Eisner and many more.