With a verdict waiting right around the corner on the Weinstein case and as his name blows up news outlets once again, many are wondering the status and timeline of the Weinstein-Chapman marriage, what Chapman may have known about Weinstein’s alleged behavior, and in what direction this case is going. You can read on to learn more.
Here’s a summary of the key events:
— On October 5, 2017, the New York Times published a story that detailed decades worth of sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein, including allegedly using his position to promise career advancement for sexual favors.
— Weinstein issued an apology that same day.
— On October 8, Weinstein was fired by his company.
— Throughout 2018, Weinstein is charged with several counts of rape and sexual assault.
The trail officially began in January 2020 in New York, while L.A. County charges Weinstein with rape and sexual assault. The Jury is selected, the trial proceeds, and witnesses are called.
The closing arguments came in February when Weinstein’s attorney Donna Rotunno pushes the jury to acquit her client even though it would make them “unpopular.” The prosecution rests it’s case on the accusations of six women, even though only two of the cases were recent enough to prosecute.
The jury began deliberations yesterday on Feb. 18, 2020.
The answer is “no,” the couple is not married. After the news went public about the sexual assault allegations, Chapman publically announced that she was divorcing Weinstein. The divorce was over by the end of 2017, and Chapman reportedly received eight figures in the settlement.
Chapman commented in an eclusive with PEOPLE in October 2017, saying:
“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 then went on to ask the media for privacy for the sake of her children.
With it reported that Harvey Weinstein would pressure actresses into wearing gowns made by Marchesa, Chapman’s company, when they attended premieres and awards, many have drawn a line of thinking that questions whether Chapman knew about her husband’s alleged behavior and kept it quiet for the sake of her brand’s promotion.
Chapman wouldn’t say much in reference to the allegations for months until she broke the silence to Vogue in a feature story in March 2018, where she claims she didn’t know Weinstein’s alleged behavior, saying:
“There was a part of me that was terribly naive—clearly, so naive. I have moments of rage, I have moments of confusion, I have moments of disbelief!”