Harvey Weinstein – the Hollywood monster – fights on several fronts. The film producer who once ruled the A-list is seeking to appeal his February conviction for rape and sexual assault.
He is also being sued in front of millions by countless alleged victims, more rape and sexual assault cases are coming up in Los Angeles and London, and his company is in danger of going bankrupt.
But of the many battles fought by the now-vulnerable mogul, the most painful one with his two ex-wives is certainly the most painful.
In a stunning legal pincer move, first wife Eve Chilton and second wife, British fashion designer Georgina Chapman – who reportedly hated each other before Weinstein went down – managed to freeze £ 4.5 million of his remaining assets.
This left him in Wende Prison in Buffalo, New York, as he now doesn’t have the money to pay the attorneys who are supposed to prepare his appeal.
Weinstein is being sued for millions by countless alleged victims, more rape and sexual assault cases are on the way in Los Angeles and London, and his company is in danger of going bankrupt.
This week, Weinstein’s spokesman Juda Engelmayer confirmed: “He is in poor health and has not been able to appeal because his ex-wives have frozen his accounts.
His appeal will likely be filed one day, but his attorneys aren’t doing the paperwork because he can’t pay for it.
‘He’s not doing well. It is emotionally difficult and physically difficult. ‘
Indeed, his lawyers told the Mail this week that they think Weinstein will likely be dead before all legal matters are resolved.
Now 68, he is wheelchair-bound, becomes blind, has diabetes, arthritis, spinal stenosis, anemia, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.
Chapman (pictured right) married Weinstein in 2007 and declined to make a statement to the judge in support of his character before being convicted
Chapman and Chilton (pictured left) began connecting shortly after the scandal broke in October 2017
He contracted Covid in prison in March and was retested for the disease last week when he fell ill – his health is said to have deteriorated dramatically.
A source close to Weinstein said: ‘He had a high temperature last week and it has calmed down, but he is far from an image of health.
What’s going on with the lawsuits and his ex-wives is an eating frenzy. Fortunately, he has the mental capacity to fight these battles. ‘
Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals in London this week passed a verdict allowing a tribunal to proceed.
One of Weinstein’s British former assistants, who remains anonymous, will reveal poignant allegations against him of repeated sexual abuse – and accuse seven of his associates of a cover up.
The woman’s lawyer, Negar Yazdani, told the Mail, “ My client was subjected to the most gruesome assaults and harassment by Weinstein in circumstances where he was trusted to continue such behavior by his enablers, who of or should have known about his sexual misconduct. ‘
So what about the women who married him – and how did they start their Ex-Wives Club to get revenge?
Eve Chilton and Georgina Chapman are a study of contrasts. One is a stately blonde who hates publicity; the other a delicate brunette who was a contemporary of Kate Middleton at Marlborough College, and is now dating an Oscar-winning actor.
Chilton is now married to businessman Sal Martirano, with whom she lives quietly in the suburbs of New York.
She met Weinstein in 1987 when she was his assistant at The Weinstein Company.
They had three daughters and separated in 2004. The divorce gave Eve their huge apartment overlooking Central Park, which she has since sold for £ 17 million.
Weinstein’s legal team claims he paid her a whopping £ 45 million over the years. She and her successor, Chapman, who married Weinstein in 2007, refused to make a statement to the judge before his conviction in support of his character.
Chapman told Vogue magazine she had no idea of his depravity: ‘There was a part of me that was terribly naive. I have moments of anger, I have moments of confusion, I have moments of disbelief. And I have times when I just cry for my kids. ‘
Chapman reportedly got £ 15 million in the divorce. She lives on a large ranch in the millionaire enclave of Bedford, New York. She has two children with Weinstein – India, ten, and Dashiell, seven – and has confirmed a romance with actor Adrien Brody.
Chapman, a former model, met Weinstein at a party in 2004, and they were married in 2007.
He invested in her Marchesa label and persuaded stars to wear it on the red carpet.
Since the scandal that sparked the #MeToo movement, only a few actresses have been willing to wear Marchesa, and the company has diversified into bridal wear and a diffusion line.
Chapman and Chilton began contacting each other shortly after the scandal broke in October 2017. Both declined to comment this week, but it is clear they are united in their rejection of Weinstein.
In April of this year, they filed a motion citing the dangerous state of Weinstein’s finances.
They then filed further submissions in July, including private jet travel coupons and massive legal fees – and a judge froze his assets.
The impetus seems to come from Chilton, who began taking legal action against Weinstein two years ago.
She initially asked for £ 3.7 million to support her and their three daughters. This was rejected.
She then asked for more money – for child support, health care, and tuition – and said she feared Weinstein would stop paying.
His downfall began in October 2017 after the New York Times and New Yorker magazine described dozens of claims of sexual assault.
In February, he was convicted in New York of sexual assault and rape in the third degree and sentenced to 23 years in prison. He is awaiting further trial in Los Angeles on four charges of rape and seven sexual assaults, and is facing a sentence of up to 140 years.
He’s also fought numerous civil lawsuits brought by alleged victims, including actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, and bankruptcy lawsuits related to the Weinstein Company’s collapse.
It may also be revealed that Weinstein owes money to movie stars, including Robert De Niro and Jennifer Lawrence, plus ex-employees, including Barack Obama’s eldest daughter, Malia, who was an intern at his company.
There is also the forthcoming action by the UK Employment Tribunal against Weinstein and seven employees.
Weinstein’s spokesman Juda Engelmayer said, “You have to wonder what these women are trying to get out of this. The man will likely be dead by the time he is extradited to the UK. ‘
- Additional reporting: Daniel Bates in New York