Harvey Weinstein's wife announces split amid sexual assault allegations

Published: 11 October 2017 Image credit: Reuters

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Fashion designer Georgina Chapman has announced she's leaving her husband Harvey Weinstein, as more women come forward with sexual assault allegations.

The pair married in 2007 and have two children together - India Pearl, 7, and Dashiell Max Robert, 4.

Giving a statement to PEOPLE magazine, Ms Chapman said caring for her children was his first priority.

"My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband," she said.

It comes as Hollywood megastars Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow brought fresh allegations of sexual harrassment against the beleaguered producer.

Each actress said the incidents happened early in their careers.

The New Yorker reports the number of women alleging Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them had climbed to 13, including three who told the magazine they had been raped.

A spokeswoman for Weinstein denies the claims.

“Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr Weinstein,” spokeswoman Sallie Hofmeister said.

“Mr Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual.”

Ms Jolie and Ms Paltrow both sent statements to The New York Times following the publication of The New Yorker story.

“I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did,” Ms Jolie said.

“This behaviour towards women in any field, any country is unacceptable.”

Ms Paltrow alleged in a statement that Weinstein had asked her to come to his hotel suite shortly after casting her in the leading role in the film Emma early in her career.

Once there, he placed his hands on her and suggested massages in his bedroom.

“I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” Ms Paltrow told The New York Times.

Weinstein is a powerful figure in Hollywood, famous for producing Oscar-winning movies like Shakespeare in Love and Chicago.

He was fired from the company he helped found – the Weinstein Company – days after the allegations came to light.