Actress confirms to TooFab that movie mogul did say he'd pull promotion for "Transamerica" if she didn't wear Georgina Chapman's designs at red carpet events.
Felicity Huffman confirmed a report that Harvey Weinstein threatened to stop financially supporting the promotion of her 2005 Oscar-nominated drama "Transamerica" if the actress didn't wear his fashion designer wife's clothing at various red carpet events.
"Yeah, it's true," Huffman told TooFab Thursday night in Los Angeles at the Eva Longoria Foundation Gala.
Amid allegations of Weinstein's serial sexual harassment and sexual assault, The Hollywood Reporter published a story Monday citing several anonymous publicists who said the movie mogul used his influence over various stars to promote Georgina Chapman's label, Marchesa.
According to one LA-based publicist, Weinstein gave Huffman the ultimatum to make sure Chapman's designs would be front and center while the actress -- who earned an Oscar nomination for playing a transgender woman in the film --- promoted the movie on the red carpet. The same publicist recalled Weinstein also pressured actress Sienna Miller, who starred in Weinstein's 2006 drama "Factory Girl," to wear his wife's designs at the Golden Globes.
"He was the mastermind behind Marchesa — orchestrating deals and using his influence in terms of the celebrity connections for her on behalf of the brand," an LA-based female fashion publicist told THR. She added that Chapman not only knew her company was benefiting from Weinstein pressuring his actresses to wear her clothing, but also alleged that "she certainly knew about his bad behavior."
Huffman's confirmation of the report comes after Weinstein's abusive behavior was exposed by the New York Times, then Ronan Farrow's scathing New Yorker piece, in which three women -- including actress Asia Argento -- accused the Oscar-winning producer of raping them. Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne are among the actresses who have shared stories of sexual harassment by Weinstein. More recently, Rose McGowan said the disgraced producer raped her.
In response to the flood of allegations, Weinstein's lawyer said, "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances."
After TooFab published this article, Huffman added to her Thursday night comments on Instagram.
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