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