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Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images

Fashion designer Georgina Chapman has broken her silence about the scandal involving her disgraced ex-husband Harvey Weinstein, telling Vogue's Jonathan van Meter that she was “humiliated and so broken” to learn about the allegations of sexual assault, claiming that she "never" knew of Weinstein's alleged behavior.

“That’s what makes this so incredibly painful: I had what I thought was a very happy marriage. I loved my life.”
— Chapman in profile for Vogue‘s June issue.

Reporter’s note: At one point during the interview, Meter said Chapman cried “so hard she has to take a moment.” Meter added: “It is almost unbearable to witness this broken person in front of me."

The backdrop: Chapman announced last October she’s leaving Weinstein after 11 years of marriage in the wake of the sexual misconduct allegations. She shares two children with Weinstein — ages 7 and 5.

What they're saying: Vogue's Anna Wintour defended Chapman in her June editor’s letter:

“I am firmly convinced that Georgina had no idea about her husband’s behavior; blaming her for any of it, as too many have in our gladiatorial digital age, is wrong. I believe that one should not hold a person responsible for the actions of his or her partner. What Georgina should be receiving is our compassion and understanding.”

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Why it matters: The probe follows the forced exit of Timnit Gebru, a prominent researcher also on the AI ethics team at Google whose ouster ignited a firestorm among Google employees.

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Why it matters: The president-elect is 78 years old and therefore a high risk for the virus and its worst effects, despite having received the vaccine. While President Trump's team was nonchalant about COVID protocols — leading to several super-spreader episodes — the new rules will apply to all White House aides in "high proximity to principals."

Justice Department drops insider trading inquiry against Sen. Richard Burr

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) walking through the Senate Subway in the U.S. Capitol in December 2020. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

The Department of Justice told Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Tuesday that it will not move forward with insider trading charges against him.

Why it matters: The decision, first reported by the New York Times, effectively ends the DOJ's investigation into the senator's stock sell-off that occurred after multiple lawmakers were briefed about the coronavirus' potential economic toll. Burr subsequently stepped down as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee.