Jessica Chastain Was Derided by Harvey Weinstein for Refusing to Wear Marchesa

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Jessica Chastain (Rich Fury/Getty Images for Palm Springs International Film Festival )

She went with Versace instead.

Since Harvey Weinstein's public fall from grace last October, when he was accused of sexual harassment and misconduct by more than 50 women, a number of actresses have come forward reporting that the producer also pressured them into wearing gowns by his soon-to-be-ex-wife's fashion label, Marchesa, while attending red-carpet events for his company's films.

Felicity Huffman was one such actress who admitted last year that Weinstein actually threatened to end her career if she didn't wear a Marchesa number to the premiere of the Weinstein Co.-distributed flick Transamerica.

Another actress, however, refused to be bullied into a flowery Marchesa confection. Jessica Chastain tells The Wall Street Journal's WSJ. magazine that she got into a tiff with Weinstein after she refused to wear a Marchesa dress to the 2013 premiere of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. According to People, she opted for a blue Versace gown instead.

Chastain reports that at a later premiere — the incident still fresh in his mind — Weinstein introduced the actress to the audience by saying, "If I had to get in a boxing ring with Muhammad Ali or Jessica Chastain, I would choose Muhammad Ali."

Kerry Washington is another actress who reportedly infuriated Weinstein when she ditched a custom Marchesa gown just hours before the 2013 Oscars in favor of a Miu Miu number. Ultimately, his tactics couldn't bring down either actress, and their successes are the sweetest revenge.