Harvey Weinstein scandal: 'We can't blame his wife' says divorce lawyer

Harvey Weinstein: 'We can't blame his wife' says divorce lawyer as scandal deepens

Georgina Chapman announced she was leaving the producer in a public statement

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A top divorce lawyer has said the wife of Harvey Weinstein can't be blamed in relation to the ongoing sexual harrassment scandal.

Georgina Chapman, a fashion designer, announced today she was leaving the producer over the multiple allegations made against him.

The 65-year-old was fired from his own company over the scandal, and the claimant list now includes actors like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

Vanessa Lloyd Platt, a divorce lawyer and proprietor of Lloyd Platt & Company, said it would be "unfair" to blame Chapman for anything involving her husband's conduct.

She told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "People are saying in many articles 'surely the wife must have known'. Why did she stay with him, surely that was encouraging him?

"I think that’s unfair. As we all know, wives of people who have had thoroughly disreputable reputations and have done heinous crimes had no clue in the world what their partners were up to.

"I think the media is also very unfair to say the only reason she’s chosen to leave now is because she wants to protect her brand. She wants to protect her children, not the brand.

"Therefore, she’s choosing this moment now, she thought she could stand by him. She was probably persuaded there was nothing in any of these allegations."

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