The complete and utter garbage fire that is the Harvey Weinstein situation has taken yet another turn, with at least one major star confirming that the powerful film producer threatened her career if she refused to wear dresses designed by his wife Georgina Chapman.
An LA-based publicist spoke to Too Fab to say that in 2005, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was promoting her movie Transamerica when Weinstein ordered her to wear dresses from Chapman’s Marchesa brand to various red carpet events.
Allegedly, Weinstein threatened her career if she refused, saying he would withdraw financial support for the Oscar-nominated film’s promotion. When asked to confirm the story at a recent Eva Longoria Foundation gala event, Huffman told the publication, “yeah, it’s true.”
The Hollywood Reporter also ran a fairly damning piece, in which another publicist claimed that Sienna Miller was pressured into wearing Marchesa to the Golden Globes, and was told that Weinstein would be “very upset” if she did not.
Another Los Angeles-based fashion source told THR that Weinstein was “the mastermind behind Marchesa – orchestrating deals and using his influence in terms of the celebrity connections for her on behalf of the brand.”
The same publicist alleged that Chapman “certainly knew about his bad behaviour”, although it’s unclear whether that refers to the allegation that he threatened stars into wearing her designs, or another aspect of his current scandal.
Earlier this week, Chapman told People that she was leaving Weinstein, saying that “my heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” and that she was planning to focus on caring for their young children.