Felicity Huffman has confirmed that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein threatened to pull publicity funding for her 2005 film Transamerica if she didn't wear his wife Georgina Chapman's gowns on the red carpet.
Earlier this week, amid mounting allegations of Weinstein's sexual harassment and sexual assault, The Hollywood Reporter reported that he threatened to sabotage the careers of A-list stars, including Huffman's, if they didn't wear his wife's fashion label, Marchesa.
'Yeah, it's true,' Huffman, who has been married to fellow actor William H. Macy for 20 years, told TooFab at the Eva Longoria Foundation Gala in Los Angeles on Thursday evening.
Out with it: Felicity Huffman confirmed that reports Harvey Weinstein threatened to stop financial support of her 2005 film Transamerica if she didn't wear Marchesa are 'true'
Keeping in line: The now-54-year-old obliged his demands by wearing Marchesa to numerous red carpet events, including her film's 2005 screening (L) and the 2006 Golden Globes (R)
Happy: Felicity has been married to fellow actor William H. Macy for 20 years. The pair, who are pictured at this year's Emmy Awards, celebrated their anniversary in September
The actress obliged Weinstein's demands by wearing a flowing white Marchesa gown for her high-profile appearance at the Golden Globes where she was nominated for both her film and her role on Desperate Housewives.
Huffman, who took home a Golden Globe for Transamerica, also wore a black, strapless Marchesa gown to the New York screening of the film that year.
Chapman, 41, launched Marchesa with her partner Keren Craig in 2004, and even before the scandal over rape and sexual harassment allegations broke, she faced the accusations that the label was only successful thanks to her husband's Hollywood connections.
'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,' one Los Angeles publicist told The Hollywood Reporter.
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The win: Huffman is pictured holding her Golden Globe for her role Transamerica at The Weinstein Company and Glamour magazine's 2006 after party
Awards season: The actress also struck a pose with the media mogul at his company's 2006 pre-Oscars party
Ruthless: It has been reported that Weinstein threatened to sabotage the careers of A-list stars, including Huffman's, if they didn't wear his wife Georgina's fashion label, Marchesa
The publicist noted that Weinstein and Chapman had an understanding that 'they both benefited from the relationship,' adding that 'she certainly knew about his bad behavior.'
Another publicist recalled that Sienna Miller was told Harvey 'would be very upset if she didn't wear Marchesa' when invited to sit at Harvey's table at the Golden Globes in 2007 after starring in the Weinstein-produced Factory Girl.
London-born Chapman met her husband at a party in Manhattan in 2004, following the break down of his first marriage, the same year she set up her fashion brand.
The label was just in its infancy when it got the most incredible big break courtesy of Renee Zellweger wearing a Marchesa dress to the London premiere of Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason.
At the time, having won an Oscar for Cold Mountain, she was perhaps the biggest film star in the world and could have had her pick of any designer dress.
Obliging: Sienna Miller was reportedly forced to wear Marchesa to the 2007 Golden Globes or risk upsetting Weinstein whose company had produced her film Factory Girl
Big name: Renee Zellweger gave the young brand an incredible boost in its first year when she wore a Marchesa dress to the premiere of her Weinstein-produced Bridget Jones film in 2004
But it's no surprise that Weinstein's influence was at play, given that Bridget Jones was produced by his company Miramax and he received a thank you in her Oscar acceptance speech earlier that year.
The movie mogul himself admitted to pushing his wife's burgeoning label in an interview with Vogue in 2013, saying: 'Maybe I helped, but just very, very little, with Renée Zellweger.'
Over the past 13 years, stars who have appeared in Weinstein-produced films and worn Marchesa on the red carpet include Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry and Cate Blanchett.
As the allegations against Weinstein mounted, people have taken to social media to call for a boycott of Marcehsa, and fashion insiders say that nobody will want to wear the brand again as it's been tainted by the scandal.
An unnamed stylist told Us Weekly that their company has forbidden employees from dressing their clients in Marchesa for the time being.
Weinstein, pictured with his wife, admitted to helping his wife's label take off by ensuring Renee Zellwegger's championing of the brand on the red carpet
Famous faces; Sandra Bullock wore a gold Marchesa dress for the Oscars in 2010 (L). Jennifer Lopez wore the brand to the Oscars Vanity Fair Party in 2007 (R)
Her choice? Nicole Kidman wears a Marchesa dress at the 69th annual Directors Guild of America Awards
As well as putting his own money into Marchesa, Weinstein persuaded friends such as Giuseppe Cipriani to invest in the company, meaning the brand may suffer if he wants to cut off associations with the shamed mogul.
The day after news broke that Weinstein bullied actresses into wearing her designs, Chapman broke her six-day silence when she announced she was leaving the film mogul, whom she married in 2007 and has two young children with.
'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 her statement to People.
'Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.'
Together, Chapman and Weinstein have a seven-year-old daughter, India Pearl, and a four-year-old son, Dashiell. Weinstein also has three daughters, Lily, Emma, and Ruth, with his ex-wife, Eve Chilton Weinstein.