Harvey Weinstein's ex-wife Georgina Chapman 'doesn't see herself as a victim'

Georgina Chapman, estranged wife of disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, is not a “victim.” That’s according to her best friend and fellow Marchesa co-founder Keren Craig, who has spoken out for the first time since the accusations of sexual abuse against Weinstein emerged.

Speaking to Grazia, Craig noted how “incredibly strong” Chapman has been. “She doesn’t see herself as a victim,” she said. “That’s very important. She’s just trying to get on with her life. You’ve got to realize George is such a strong woman. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very hard time, but she’s quite inspirational.”

Craig said Chapman has thrown herself into her work and protecting her children. “Marchesa is her life; it is her passion. You see it here: Even though she was going through all that, these beautiful things have somehow come out of such a hard time,” Craig said of the latest collection, which was not shown on a runway during New York Fashion Week. Rather, it was presented to clients and friends and released online.

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89th Academy Awards - Oscars Vanity Fair Party - Beverly Hills, California, U.S. - 26/02/17 ? Producer Harvey Weinstein and fashion designer Georgina Chapman. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Producer Harvey Weinstein and fashion designer Georgina Chapman arrive at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, arrive at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife, actress Georgina Chapman arrive at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, California March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(OSCARS-PARTIES)
Producer Harvey Weinstein and wife, designer Georgina Chapman, arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 22, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags:ENTERTAINMENT) (VANITYFAIR-ARRIVALS)
Co-Chairman of the Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein, arrives with Georgina Chapman to be honored at the Time 100 Gala in New York, April 24, 2012. The Time 100 is an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the last year complied by Time Magazine. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Film producer and Miramax Films co-founder Harvey Weinstein arrives with his with wife, Georgina Chapman, at the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES) (OSCARS-ARRIVALS - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Actress Georgina Chapman arrives with producer Harvey Weinstein to attend the premiere of the film "Awake" in New York November 14, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES)
The Weinstein Company Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein (back L) and wife Georgina Chapman (standing 2nd L) speak to actress Kerry Washington (seated R) at the Governors Ball for the 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2013 REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (OSCARS-PARTIES)
Mougins, FRANCE: US producer Harvey Weinstein (L) poses 23 May 2007 upon arriving with girlfriend British actress Georgina Chapman at the amfAR's (American Foundation for AIDS Research) 'Cinema Against AIDS 2007' annual event at Le Moulin de Mougins during the 60th edition of the International Cannes Film Festival in Mougins, southern France. amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 2: (L-R) Elizabeth Olsen, Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman attend The Weinstein Company with FIJI, Grey Goose, Lexus and NetJets host the after party for 'Wind River' at The Skylark on August 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Bruinooge/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - JUNE 6: Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman attend The 2005 CFDA Fashion Awards at The New York Public Library on June 6, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Designer Georgina Chapman, Producer Harvey Weinstein, COO of The Weinstein Company David Glasser and Michele Glasser attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Producer Harvey Weinstein and wife actress Georgina Chapman arrive at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - JULY 29: (L-R) Daniel Battsek, Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein attend THE CINEMA SOCIETY & THE HAMPTONS FILM FESTIVAL & THE WALL STREET JOURNAL host the after party for THE NIGHT LISTENER at Private Home on July 29, 2006 in East Hampton, NY. (Photo by Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 06: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER & U.S. TABS OUT) Actress Ziyi Zhang (C), producer Harvey Weinstein (L), and his girlfriend Georgina Chapman (R) attend the 'Memoirs Of A Geisha' New York premiere after party at the Central Park Boathouse on December 06, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Harvey Weinstein (right) and Georgina Chapman during 2006 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at Morton's in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for Vanity Fair Magazine )
NEW YORK - MAY 14: (l-R) Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman and Rachel Zoe attend the Dior 2008 Cruise collection fashion show on May 14, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Mat Szwajkos/Getty Images.)
Producer Harvey Weinstein (L) and designer Georgina Chapman attend the TWC/NETFLIX Golden Globe after party, in Beverly Hills, California, on January 10, 2016. AFP PHOTO /CHRIS FARINA / AFP / CHRIS FARINA (Photo credit should read CHRIS FARINA/AFP/Getty Images)
US producer Harvey Weinstein (C) and his wife US actress Georgina Chapman and US producer Jay Weisleder (R) pose as they arrive on May 16, 2016 for the screening of the film 'Hands of Stone' at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19: Kelsey Grammer, Liam McMahon, Alessandra Mastronardi, Georgina Chapman and Harvey Weinstein attend a VIP screening of 'Lion' hosted by Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at Soho House on December 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Despite the drama in Chapman’s personal life, Craig admitted that the brand’s business is still strong. “All our core retailers came out in support,” she said. “Neiman Marcus is a big supporter, and Saks. It means everything to us. We’ve worked hard at it, and our customers are sticking with us.”

However, the design duo’s red carpet reign has seemingly come to a halt. While Craig is certain that their dresses will once again be Hollywood staples, the company is taking a step back from that. “That’s always been a great marketing tool for us, but it’s not our core business,” she said.

Craig admitted that she did not have any suspicion that Chapman’s ex-husband had been allegedly coercing actresses into wearing Marchesa to red carpet events.

Earlier this year, Jessica Chastain revealed that Weinstein once pressured her to wear a dress from the label, then taunted her when she refused.The actress told WSJ Magazine that Weinstein had wanted her to wear Marchesa to the premiere of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which was distributed by his company.

Felicity Huffman shared a similar story, saying that Weinstein pressured her to wear Marchesa when she won a Golden Globe for Transamerica in 2006. Craig said it was “shocking” and “sad” to learn of Huffman’s experience with the brand. “It was the first I’d heard about it,” she said. “I remember the dress and I remember working with Felicity; she was absolutely lovely.”

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman attend Metropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala at Lincoln Center on September 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig attend the Marchesa fashion show during New York Fashion Week: at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman walk the runway at the Marchesa fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman attend the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards on June 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman walk the runway at the Marchesa Ready to Wear Fall Winter 2017-2018 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on February 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: Marchesa Founders Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman attend the Dramatists Guild Fund Gala 'Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars : The Presidential Edition' at Gotham Hall on November 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Designers Keren Craig & Georgina Chapman walks the runway at the Marchesa show designed by Keren Craig & Georgina Chapman at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Estrop/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Designers Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman pose on the runway at the Marchesa fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman attend the 2016 CFDA Fashion Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom on June 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Keren Craig (L) and Georgina Chapman attend the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: Keren Craig, Rachel Roy and Georgina Chapman attend BALLY's 'Off the Grid' New York Premiere on August 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BALLY)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman attend the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman attend the the AOL BUILD Speakers Series with Marchesa co-founders Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig at AOL Studios In New York on May 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 04: Keren Craig, Ellie Goulding, and Georgina Chapman attend 'China: Through the Looking Glass', the 2015 Costume Institute Gala, at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
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When asked by Grazia if she ever had any indication about Weinstein’s alleged behavior, the 41-year-old Craig said: “Absolutely not. No, it was a total shock. It was upsetting and my heart was broken for George.”

The business partners are looking toward the future without their major backer, Weinstein, who Craig said has no remaining financial involvement. They’re hoping to expand the label by adding cocktail dresses and separates. Craig also explained that the fashion duo are in the process of working out how their brand can help to support the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which have, in part, been a result of the Weinstein scandal. “We want to support them,” Craig said. “We want to make a gesture. We need to properly process how it can be the most beneficial.”

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