UPDATED 7:25 p.m. ET: Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, is leaving him as the sexual harassment allegations continue to pile up. Chapman, co-founder of the fashion label Marchesa and frequent judge on the Weinstein-produced Project Runway series of reality shows, gave a statement to People.
"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. 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"
Weinstein and Chapman have been married since 2007 and have two children.
Original story below:
Shortly after The New York Times unearthed "decades" worth of sexual harassment allegations made against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, there was talk that the New Yorker had been working on their own piece on Weinstein for about a year. Just days after Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company, the New Yorker unleashed their piece on Tuesday, and it features accusations made against Weinstein regarding everything from unwanted sexual touching to rape and sexual assault, with the most damning piece of evidence being an audio recording of Weinstein from a New York Police Department sting operation into a 2015 groping allegation in Tribeca.
In the recording, which you can hear above, model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez repeatedly says she's uncomfortable being around Weinstein, who pleads with Gutierrez to sit in his hotel room while he showers. "You must sit down," Weinstein can be heard saying, asking her to have a drink at the bar.
"Yesterday was kind of aggressive for me," Gutierrez says, as Weinstein worries about her "embarrassing" him.
"On everything, I'm a famous guy," Weinstein says.
When Gutierrez says, "Yesterday, you touched my breast," Weinstein responds to her by saying, "I'm used to that." The New Yorker reports that, in regards to the situation with Gutierrez, she "signed a highly restrictive nondisclosure agreement with Weinstein, including an affidavit stating that the acts Weinstein admits to in the recording never happened."
Despite the NYPD investigation into the alleged groping, Weinstein was never arrested or charged with any crime, which has sparked a lot of outrage on Tuesday in light of the recent allegations made against him.
While Matt Damon and Russell Crowe are alleged to have helped Weinstein bury a 2004 story about his sexual harassment allegations, more Hollywood A-listers are starting to speak out against Weinstein. Gwyneth Paltrow spoke on the record with the New York Times this week, saying she was "petrified" around Weinstein back in 1996 while filming Emma. Angelina Jolie also told the Times she "had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did. This behavior towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable."
Ben Affleck also took to social media and said that he's not only "saddened and angry" over the news regarding Weinstein, but that "the additional allegations of assault made me sick."
"This is completely unacceptable, and I find myself asking what I can do to make sure this doesn’t happen to others," Affleck said.
The Weinstein Company has not only been looking to remove Weinstein's credits from projects he was working on, including Oliver Stone's Waco and Kevin Costner's Yellowstone, but there are also plans to change the name of The Weinstein Company in the near future. You can read the full New Yorker story here.