Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Forced Felicity Huffman To Wear Wife's Brand Marchesa On Red Carpet

The Desperate Housewives actress has revealed she was coerced into wearing Weinstein's wife Georgina Chapman's fashion designs on the red carpet.

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Days after news of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual harassment and misconduct came to light in Hollywood, the rumour mill went into overdrive. One of the threads which isn't about sexual harassment, but is still arguably about intimidation, regards Weinstein's wife's fashion brand Marchesa.

Last week, the Hollywood Reporter claimed that the 65-year-old producer pressured top actresses - including Sienna Miller and Felicity Huffman - into wearing his wife's designs on the red carpet, or risk their careers.

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On Thursday night at Eva Longoria Foundation Gala, Huffman reportedly confirmed the claims and told TooFab: 'Yeah, it's true.'

The publication reports the actress' comments were in response to rumours that Weinstein threatened to stop financially supporting the promotion of her 2005 Oscar-nominated film Transamerica, if she didn't wear Marchesa at red carpet events.

It comes as no surprise then that the star's 2006 Golden Globes dress was a Marchesa original.

However, this isn't the first time connections between Chapman's designs and Weinstein's influence in Hollywood have been made.

In 2007, a New York Times article commented on how many stylists, designers and influential editors were afraid to speak on record about Chapman's success with the label for 'for fear of offending Mr. Weinstein'.

Sienna Miller in Marchesa at the 2007 Golden Globes
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In the article, Chapman commented on the criticism to say: 'There is a backlash.

'But whatever people say about Harvey to me, I want them to look at the dresses.'

In response, Weinstein added that anyone who suggests that actresses who choose Marchesa gowns for red carpet events do so to win his favour are 'jealous'.

'It takes away from the talent that Marchesa has exemplified,' he added.

However, the producer has previously admitted to using his influence in persuading actress Renée Zellweger to wear one of his wife's designs on the red carpet for the London premiere of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason in 2004.

'Maybe I helped, but just very, very little, with Renée Zellweger,' Weinstein told Vogue in 2013. 'Within a year or two, it became actresses calling me on the phone asking if she was available for them,' he continued.

Renee Zellweger in Marchesa at the London premiere of 'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason'

'So the tables completely turned. To the point where I didn't even want to answer the phone if I knew it was an actress.'

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