The scan­dal­ized spouses of The #METOO era can look away or walk away. ei­Ther way, The parTy’s over.

Town & Country (Philippines) - - MANNERS& MISDEMEANORS - By Mar­shall Hey­man

at the Bev­erly Hil­ton, and no one was be­ing let back in. A friend of Chap­man’s ex­pressed con­cern. Would they be okay re­turn­ing to the VIP area? “I can get back in,” Chap­man told the friend. “I can do any­thing,” be­cause, she said, she was dat­ing Har­vey We­in­stein.

VIP ar­eas at par­ties have corol­lar­ies in real life. By mak­ing it of­fi­cial and mar­ry­ing We­in­stein two years later, Chap­man en­tered one of the big­gest VIP ar­eas of all, one that con­tained New Year’s Eve par­ties on yachts with Rus­sian oli­garchs, ele­gant mul­ti­course din­ners with pres­i­dents, pri­vate screen­ings on the beach in Ama­gansett with fash­ion de­sign­ers and movie stars. The world was her oys­ter. Ku­mamoto, Wellfleet, Beau­soleil—it didn’t mat­ter: She could have them all.

But last fall, when ac­cu­sa­tions against We­in­stein started to ac­cu­mu­late in the press—charges that would lead to his be­ing ousted from his own com­pany and turned into a pariah—Chap­man packed up and left her hus­band and the fa­ther of their two chil­dren, an­nounc­ing in a state­ment: “My heart breaks for all the women who have suf­fered tremen­dous pain be­cause of th­ese un­for­giv­able ac­tions.”

The for­mer Mi­ra­max em­ployee, now an en­trepreneur in New York City, be­lieves that it was the me­dia storm around We­in­stein’s ac­tions that led Chap­man to finally exit the mar­riage—with, it has been re­ported, a pro­jected $12 mil­lion set­tle­ment.

Ques­tions about what was known and when by the wives of pow­er­ful men who have been felled by the re­cent wave of scan­dals have res­onated in all quar­ters, es­pe­cially among the elite in New York and Los An­ge­les. “Do you re­ally think she knew how aw­ful he was and turned the other way?” asks a prom­i­nent real es­tate bro­ker, who so­cial­izes with dis­graced TV host Matt Lauer and his wife An­nette Roque, of Chap­man and We­in­stein. “I thought she couldn’t have known. Why would she stay with him?” But peo­ple do sur­pris­ing things for money, power, and pres­tige.

And some­times they stay for the same rea­sons. In the case of Roque, the

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