Harvey Weinstein's wife is leaving him: 'My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain'

Harvey Weinstein’s wife, the fashion designer Georgina Chapman, is leaving him amid a series of sexual-harassment allegations.

“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions,” Chapman said in a statement to People Magazine. “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, a prominent designer and the co-founder of the Marchesa brand, married Weinstein in 2007. The couple has two children, India Pearl, 7, and Dashiell Max Robert, 4, according to People.

Actresses including Renée Zellweger, and Cate Blanchett, who have both starred in Weinstein-produced films, have worn Marchesa dresses on the red carpet at Hollywood events, and rumours have floated for years that Weinstein pushed actresses to wear the fashion brand.

Weinstein was fired from his eponymous company earlier this week, The Weinstein Company, following numerous sexual harassment allegations in bombshell reports from The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine. Weinstein’s lawyer, Charles Harder, is preparing to sue The New York Times.

Manhattan’s district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., declined to file charges against Weinstein in 2015 after Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez reported that Weinstein assaulted her. The New Yorker revealed on Tuesday that during the police investigation of the reported assault, police obtained an audio recording of Weinstein on which he appeared to acknowledge that he groped Gutierrez.

Weinstein is flying to a rehab center in Europe to seek treatment for a sex addiction, TMZ reported on Tuesday evening. An unnamed source told TMZ that Weinstein is “pretty calm,” but he has moments “where there are bursts.”

Before the fallout over the allegations exploded this week, Weinstein had begged Hollywood power players for help to keep his job at The Weinstein Company. That effort was unsuccessful; the company’s board announced on Sunday that it had terminated his employment.

Mark Abadi contributed reporting.

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