Scottish Daily Mail

The re­venge of We­in­stein’s wives

One’s a pub­lic school Bri­tish de­signer, the other a U.S. so­cialite. Now they’ve joined forces to keep their ex-hus­band in jail — by freez­ing his for­tune

- by Ali­son Boshoff Ad­di­tional re­port­ing: DANIEL BATES in new York Crime · Celebrity Scandals · Sexual Abuse · Celebrities · Violence and Abuse · Society · Hollywood · Los Angeles · London · Buffalo · Kate Middleton · Milton Keynes · Bedford · Barack Obama · United Kingdom · Georgina Chapman · Marlborough College · Marlborough, MA · Weinstein Company · Adrien Brody · Marchesa · Ashley Judd · Rose McGowan · Jennifer Lawrence

HAR­VEY WE­in­stEin — the mon­ster of Hol­ly­wood — is fight­ing on sev­eral fronts. the film pro­ducer who once ruled the A-list is try­ing to ap­peal his Fe­bru­ary con­vic­tion for rape and sex­ual as­sault.

He is also be­ing sued for mil­lions by nu­mer­ous al­leged vic­tims, has fur­ther rape and as­sault cases com­ing up in Los An­ge­les and Lon­don, and his com­pany faces bank­ruptcy.

But of the many bat­tles the now-frail mogul is fight­ing, surely the most painful is the one with his two ex-wives.

in a stun­ning le­gal pin­cer move­ment, first wife Eve Chilton and sec­ond wife, Bri­tish fash­ion de­signer Ge­orgina Chap­man — who re­port­edly loathed one an­other be­fore We­in­stein’s down­fall — have suc­ceeded in freez­ing £4.5 mil­lion of his re­main­ing as­sets.

this has left him to rot in Wende jail in Buf­falo, new York, be­cause now he doesn’t have the money to pay the lawyers who are sup­posed to be pre­par­ing his ap­peal.

this week, We­in­stein’s spokesman Juda En­gel­mayer con­firmed: ‘He’s in poor health and hasn’t been able to file his ap­peal be­cause his ex-wives have frozen his ac­counts.

‘His ap­peal prob­a­bly will get filed at some point but his lawyers are not do­ing the pa­per­work be­cause he can’t pay for it.

‘He’s not do­ing very well. it’s a hard time emo­tion­ally and it’s a hard time phys­i­cally.’

in­deed, his lawyers this week told the Mail they think We­in­stein will prob­a­bly be dead be­fore all the many le­gal strands are set­tled.

now 68, he is wheel­chair-bound, go­ing blind, has di­a­betes, arthri­tis, spinal steno­sis, anaemia, sleep ap­noea, high blood pres­sure and coro­nary artery dis­ease.

He con­tracted Covid in prison in March and was tested again for the dis­ease last week when he fell ill — his health is said to have gone down­hill dra­mat­i­cally.

A source close to We­in­stein said: ‘He had a high tem­per­a­ture last week and it’s calmed down, but he’s far from a pic­ture of health.

‘What’s go­ing on with the law­suits and his ex-wives is a feed­ing frenzy. For­tu­nately, he has the men­tal ca­pac­ity to fight th­ese bat­tles.’

Mean­while, in Lon­don, the Court of Ap­peal this week handed down judg­ment which will al­low a tri­bunal to go for­ward.

One of We­in­stein’s Bri­tish former as­sis­tants, who re­mains anony­mous, is set to dis­close har­row­ing ac­cu­sa­tions against him of re­peated sex­ual as­saults — and to ac­cuse seven of his as­so­ciates of a cover-up.

the woman’s lawyer ne­gar Yaz­dani told the Mail: ‘My client was sub­jected to the most hor­rific sex­ual as­saults and ha­rass­ment by We­in­stein in cir­cum­stances where he was gi ven t he con­fi­dence to con­tinue such be­hav­iour by his en­ablers, who knew, or ought to have known, about his sex­ual mis­con­duct.’

SOWHAt of the women who were mar­ried to him — and how did they form their ExWives Club to take re­venge? Eve Chilton and Ge­orgina Chap­man are a study in con­trasts. One is a stat­uesque blonde who hates pub­lic­ity; the other a del­i­cate brunette who was a con­tem­po­rary of Kate Mid­dle­ton’s at Marlboroug­h Col­lege, and is now dat­ing an Os­car-win­ning ac­tor.

Chilton is now mar­ried to busi­ness­man sal Mar­ti­rano, with whom she lives quietly in the sub­urbs of new York.

she met We­in­stein in 1987 when she was his as­sis­tant at the We­in­stein Com­pany.

they had three daugh­ters and split i n 2004. in the di­vorce, Eve got their mas­sive apart­ment over­look­ing Cen­tral Park, which she has since sold for £17 mil­lion.

We­in­stein’s le­gal team claim he has paid her an as­ton­ish­ing £45 mil­lion over the years. she and her suc­ces­sor, Chap­man, who mar­ried We­in­stein in 2007, re­fused to give a state­ment to the judge in sup­port of his char­ac­ter be­fore he was sen­tenced.

Chap­man told Vogue magazine she had no idea about his de­prav­ity: ‘there was a part of me that was ter­ri­bly naive. i have mo­ments of rage,i have mo­ments of con­fu­sion, i have mo­ments of dis­be­lief. And i have mo­ments when i just cry for my chil­dren.’

Chap­man re­port­edly got £15 mil­lion in the di­vorce. she lives in a large farm in the mil­lion­aires’ en­clave of Bed­ford, new York. she has two chil­dren with We­in­stein — in­dia, ten, and Dashiell, seven — and has con­firmed a ro­mance with ac­tor Adrien Brody.

A former model, Chap­man met We­in­stein at a party in 2004, and they mar­ried in 2007.

He in­vested in her March es a la­bel, and per­suaded stars to wear it on the red car­pet.

since the scan­dal, which ig­nited the #Metoo move­ment, only a few ac­tresses are will­ing to wear March­esa, and the com­pany has di­ver­si­fied into bri­dal wear and a dif­fu­sion line. Chap­man and Chilton started to have con­tact with each other soon af­ter the scan­dal broke in Oc­to­ber 2017. Both de­clined to com­ment this week, but it is clear they are united in their re­pu­di­a­tion of We­in­stein. in April this year, they filed a mo­tion not­ing the per­ilous state of We­in­stein’s fi­nances.

THEn, in July, they made fur­ther sub­mis­sions, in­clud­ing re­ceipts for pri­vate jet trips and huge ex­penses run up on le­gal fees — and a judge froze his as­sets.

The im­pe­tus seems to have come from Chilton, who started mak­ing le­gal moves against We­in­stein two years ago.

Ini­tially, she asked for £3.7 mil­lion in sup­port for her and their three daugh­ters. this was de­clined. she then asked for more money — for child sup­port, health­care and col­lege fees — and said she was con­cerned We­in­stein would stop pay­ing. His down­fall be­gan in Oc­to­ber 2017 af­ter the new York times and new Yorker magazine de­tailed dozens of claims of sex­ual as­sault.

in Fe­bru­ary he was con­victed in new York of crim­i­nal sex­ual as­sault and third- de­gree rape and jailed for 23 years. He awaits fur­ther trial in Los An­ge­les on four counts of rape and seven sex­ual as­saults, and faces a sen­tence of up to 140 years.

He is also fight­ing nu­mer­ous civil law­suits filed by al­leged vic­tims i nclud­ing ac­tresses Ash­ley Judd and Rose Mc­Gowan, and bank­ruptcy pro­ceed­ings re­lated to the col­lapse of the We­in­stein Com­pany.

it can also be re­vealed that We­in­stein owes money to film stars in­clud­ing Robert De niro and Jen­nifer Lawrence, plus to ex-em­ploy­ees in­clud­ing Barack Obama’s elder daugh­ter, Malia, who served an in­tern­ship with his com­pany.

there is also the forth­com­ing Bri­tish em­ploy­ment tri­bunal ac­tion against We­in­stein and seven as­so­ciates.

We­in­stein’s spokesman Juda En­gel­mayer said: ‘You’ve got to ask what th­ese women are try­ing to get out of this. the guy will prob­a­bly be dead by the time he is ex­tra­dited to the UK.’

 ?? Pic­tures: MEDIAPUNCH/GP IMAGES/WIREIMAGE ?? The ex files: Ge­orgina Chap­man (left) and Eve Chilton
Pic­tures: MEDIAPUNCH/GP IMAGES/WIREIMAGE The ex files: Ge­orgina Chap­man (left) and Eve Chilton
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 ??  ?? Down­fall: Har­vey We­in­stein in 2009
Down­fall: Har­vey We­in­stein in 2009

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