Actress Felicity Huffman has confirmed that Harvey Weinstein forced her to wear his wife Georgina Chapman’s fashion label, Marchesa.
After The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Weinstein threatened to pull funding from Huffman’s 2005 film Transamerica unless she wore Marchesa to red carpet events, the Desperate Housewives star told TooFab on Friday “It’s true”.
Huffman’s stylist Kevan Hall told The Hollywood Reporter:
“I was disappointed when she told me that she could not wear my gown for her nomination for Transamerica because the ‘godfather’ said she had to wear ‘his girlfriend’s collection.'”
An anonymous publicist told THR that Huffman was not the only actress who had her career threatened unless she wore Marchesa – Sienna Miller also faced the same situation when she found out she’d be sitting with Weinstein at the Golden Globes.
Sienna reportedly preferred another gown for the red carpet event but was told Weinstein “would be very upset if she didn’t wear Marchesa.”
The publicist said Weinstein’s bullying is the main reason his wife’s label succeeded.
“He was the mastermind behind Marchesa — orchestrating deals and using his influence in terms of the celebrity connections for her on behalf of the brand,” also saying of Harvey and Georgina “they both benefited from the relationship, but she certainly knew about his bad behaviour.”
It’s not known how Chapman’s label will fare in the wake of the shocking scandal involving her husband, who is accused of sexually harassing, abusing and intimidating dozens of women.
This week Chapman announced she was leaving her husband.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” she told People.
“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.”
Chapman and Weinstein married in 2007 and parent seven-year-old India Pearl and four-year-old Dashiell Max Robert.