When sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein first emerged, his wife of a decade was swift to leave him.
Not only had Georgina Chapman been betrayed by her husband, but his behavior also threatened the survival of her business, the fashion brand Marchesa.
Chapman, the British-born designer, filed for divorce in 2017 citing his ‘unforgivable actions’ for the reason for their break-up.
She then set about rebuilding her life, and securing her company.
The 43-year-old has kept a relatively low-profile during Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial in New York, that concluded with guilty verdicts of sexual assault and rape, but not guilty on predatory sexual assault.
And as the verdicts were declared at New York City Supreme Court on Monday, Chapman was not present.
Chapman is now said to be ‘smitten’ in a new relationship with Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody, two years after she divorced Weinstein.
Brody and Chapman, who initially met through Weinstein, were introduced ‘properly’ at a swimwear launch in Puerto Rico, where they reportedly ‘bonded over cocktails’.
Producer Harvey Weinstein and his former wife Georgina Chapman arriving on the red carpet for the Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood in 2013
Adrien Brody and Harvey Weinstein during 2003 Cannes Film Festival (left) and (right) Weinstein and Chapman at the Oscars in Los Angeles in 2017
Weinstein and Brody at Dior’s Oscar Dinner at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles in 2011
Brody, who was formerly a friend of Weinstein, has appeared in two productions made by the producer’s company, Miramax.
In 1994 he starred in Jailbreakers and in 2005 he featured in Hollywoodland alongside Ben Affleck.
As accusations against Weinstein began piling up, revelations that the mogul once bullied stars into wearing his wife’s designs also emerged.
The Daily Beast claimed to have found a series of connections between Marchesa and a company linked to Weinstein listed as ‘doing business as’ Marchesa.
Weinstein went to his then-wife’s Marchesa fashion show after the New York Times published their sexual misconduct expose in 2017.
It was feared the brand, which had dominated the red carpet for years, may have suffered irreparable damage to its reputation as Hollywood stars distanced themselves from the label.
At the 2018 Golden Globes Chapman’s high-end brand failed to make an appearance with not one single star choosing to wear one of her designs.
The Globes the previous year, Marchesa dressed the likes of Chrissy Teigen and Heidi Klum and in 2016, Zendaya, Viola Davis and Lily James all wore Marchesa.
In January 2018, Chapman canceled a runway show for Marchesa’s collection, which fueled rumors the brand sh co-founded with Keren Craig was in trouble.
Last June Craig left the luxury fashion label to pursue new ‘creative opportunities’.
Weinstein arrives at New York City Supreme Court on Monday where he was convicted of third-degree rape and committing a first-degree criminal sexual act
Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at the Marchesa 2015 after party in London (left) and (right) at the amfAR Gala Cannes in 2017
Brody and Chapman, who initially met through Weinstein, were introduced ‘properly’ at a swimwear launch in Puerto Rico, a source said, where they ‘bonded over cocktails’ (Pictured: Weinstein and Brody in 2006)
The label has regularly been worn on the red carpet by A-listers such as Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Hudson, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Blake Lively and the Duchess of Cambridge.
But nearly three years since the scandal first rocked Hollywood, stars have begun to return to the clothing line.
Many stars have offered support to Chapman in the wake of her ex-husband’s court case, with Johansson picking a Marchesa gown to wear to the Met ball in 2018.
She said at the time defending her decision: ‘I wore Marchesa because their clothes make women feel confident and beautiful and it is my pleasure to support a brand created by two incredibly talented and important female designers.’