The list of folks abandoning Harvey Weinstein is growing fast and furiously.
On Tuesday, People reported that the movie mogul’s wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, announced she is leaving him; meanwhile, A-listers including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie shared accounts of being sexually harassed by the former studio executive.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband,” Chapman said in a statement.
Weinstein, 65, and Chapman, 41, married in 2007 and have two children: India Pearl, 7, and Dashiell Max Robert, 4.
Over the weekend, Weinstein was sacked from his film studio, The Weinstein Company, whose directors Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar terminated his employment following a New York Times report that said he abused eight women (including Ashley Judd); he also allegedly reached private settlements with women including actress Rose McGowan to get them to keep quiet about his misconduct.
Paltrow, 45, revealed on Tuesday that she had been victim to Weinstein’s sexual misconduct when she was 22, and Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time, confirmed that he once confronted Weinstein over it.
Same goes for Jolie, who said in an email, “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did.”
The New Yorker reported Weinstein allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on Italian actress Asia Argento two decades ago. Actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette also claimed that after rejecting his unwanted advances, they were removed from or kept from being hired for projects.
On a lighter note, San Francisco Examiner contributing movie critic Jeff Anderson, tweeted, “I think that, as punishment, Harvey Weinstein ought to release the director’s cuts of all the movies he’s butchered over the years.”
Once again, retired firefighter Joel Holland from Sumner, Wash., is America’s champion pumpkin grower.
On Monday, the winner of the 2017 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off in Half Moon Bay, with his 2,363 pound gourd, claimed the crown for cultivating the weightiest entry for the seventh time.
It’s the second heaviest pumpkin ever grown in the world; the international title holder is Mathias Willemijns of Belgium, whose 2,624-pound beauty set the record in October 2016 at the Giant Pumpkin European Championship in Germany.
Here in the Bay Area, Holland earned $16,541 ($7 per pound) for his 2017 winner, which will be on view at this weekend’s Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, with other winners.
Last year’s champion grower Cindy Tobeck of Olympia, Wash., came in second with a 2,002 pounder; Jeff Uhlmeyer of Tumwater, Wash., was third with a 1,927 pounder and local George Armanino of Pescadero won “biggest coastside pumpkin” with his 881 pounder.
The most beautiful pumpkin award went to Art Martinez of Fremont.
HIGH FLYING PROMO
Disney-Pixar is literally soaring to advertise “Coco,” its new offering with a Day of the Dead/family reunion theme slated for Nov. 22 release.
On Monday, filmmakers Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, actor Anthony Gonzalez (who voices the main character, a 12-year-old aspiring musician named Miguel) joined Southwest Airlines controller Leah Koontz at the Oakland airport to unveil a jet decorated with the “Coco” logo; the colorful Boeing 737-700 will fly to many of the airlines’ varied destinations through the end of the year.
Rapper Cardi B is 25. … Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is 32. … Actor Jane Krakowski is 49. … Actress Joan Cusak is 55. … Football player Steve Young is 56. … Actor David Morse is 64. … Singer Daryl Hall is 71. … Actor Ron Leibman is 80.
— Staff, wire reports