Harvey Weinstein's ex-wives succeed in freezing £4.5 million of his assets

Rozina Sabur
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Georgina Chapman left Weinstein after the allegations against him emerged in 2017 - EPA POOL 
Georgina Chapman left Weinstein after the allegations against him emerged in 2017 - EPA POOL

Harvey Weinstein's appeal against his rape and assault convictions has been hampered after the disgraced former movie mogul's two ex-wives reportedly froze £4.5 million of his remaining assets.

Weinstein, who was given a 23-year jail term at a court hearing in New York in March after being convicted of rape and sexual assault, is allegedly no longer able to pay the lawyers working on his appeal.

Weinstein's two ex-wives, Eve Chilton, whom he divorced in 2004, and Georgina Chapman, a British fashion designer who left the producer after assault allegations against him emerged in 2017, have reportedly taken legal action to freeze his accounts.

According to the Daily Mail, the pair filed a motion in April raising concerns over the state of Weinstein's finances and provided evidence in July in the form of private jet receipts and expenses related to his criminal trial.

The two women also reportedly provided the court with evidence of large deposits that had been made into Weinstein’s bank account as well as proof of insurance fees he was set to collect.

Court records seen by US outlets found that a judge approved a move to freeze nearly $6 million (£4.5 million) of Weinstein's assets.

Ms Chilton, who has three children by Weinstein, 68, is thought to have begun enforcement proceedings in 2018, amid fears over her ex-husband's child support payments as he faced criminal and civil legal battles from a number of his accusers.

It is unclear when Ms Chapman, who finalised her divorce with Weinstein earlier this year, first became involved in the proceedings.

Juda Engelmayer, a spokesman for Weinstein, said that the action had delayed the former Hollywood mogul's attempt to file an appeal against his convictions.

"He's in poor health and hasn't been able to file his appeal because his ex-wives have frozen his accounts," he told the Daily Mail. "His appeal probably will get filed at some point but his lawyers are not doing the paperwork because he can't pay for it."

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City - AFP
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City - AFP

Mr Engelmayer added that Weinstein, who contracted coronavirus at his New York prison in March, was "not doing very well" both mentally and physically.

Meanwhile Weinstein is set to face further allegations of "horrendous sexual abuse" at a tribunal hearing in the UK.

This week the Court of Appeal allowed the tribunal by a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted and harassed by Weinstein to go forward.

The British woman, described as an "aspiring filmmaker" and former assistant to Weinstein, claims that people and companies associated with the producer "knowingly helped" him carry out "unlawful acts of assault and harassment" and has brought employment tribunal claims against them in England.

The woman's barrister, Jonathan Cohen QC said the woman was making "some of the most serious and astonishing allegations a tribunal will ever see".

The woman has claimed in court papers that Tim Sarnoff, one of Weinstein's former business associates, and others are liable for "knowingly helping" Weinstein to sexually harass her. Mr Sarnoff strenuously denies her claim.