UPDATE, 5:06 p.m.: “He knew something was wrong when we were at the SAG Awards and the way Harvey was looking at me,” Jennifer Siebel Newsom told defense attorney Mark Werkman, jurors and onlookers Monday during her testimony. at the Harvey Weinstein rape trial in Los Angeels, discussing her husband and then California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom learned in 2017 of the alleged assault of her by the producer several years prior.
“I left clues along the way,” added California’s first partner in what was often an emotional, tearful and graphic testimonial.
Examined by Werkman as to when and how she informed Newsom of Weinstein’s alleged rape in his Peninsula Hotel suite more than 17 years ago, Siebel Newsom was overcome with tears at several points during her time on the stand. . Focusing on the political connections of Weinstein, a frequent contributor of big money over the decades, to various high-profile Democrats, the defense attorney remained oblivious to the witness’s angst. “Well, is it just politics, that you just took money from someone who did something despicable to your wife unless everyone finds out?” Werkman said during his cross-examination this afternoon.
Identified as Jane Doe #4 in Weinstein’s West Coast trial, Siebel Newsom revealed her real name last month ahead of her testimony in Judge Lisa Lench’s downtown courtroom. Pilloried on the stand today when the defense had their turn, Siebel Newsom is expected to be back for more testimony on Tuesday in what could be the final days of this trial.
As Weinstein faces nearly a dozen sex crimes charges and a maximum of 140 years behind bars if convicted, sources on both sides say Siebel Newsom’s testimony could prove crucial in the case.
Earlier today, after her initial return from lunch break, the eyewitness detailed meeting Weinstein at the Beverly Hills Hotel when she was a young, single filmmaker/actress charmed by the attention he was getting. the tycoon of the time. “I was confused,” Siebel Newsom explained when she was contacted suddenly by a Weinstein aide and told their meeting would take place in the producer’s suite. “I was a bit hesitant. I expected to meet him where there was noise and buzz and there was all this conversation. I was just confused and didn’t know what to do.
Left in Weinstein’s “opulent” suite by an aide, Siebel Newsom said how quickly and fatally things got worse. Called to join Weinstein in the bathroom, she found him masturbating. Overcome and admitting that she found some memories of the incident “puzzling”, the witness told Assistant District Attorney Marlene Martinez and the court how Weinstein explained what was happening to him. “He was assertive and trying to tell me that he, he was mentioning multiple names of actresses, he was trying to tell me it was the industry, and in a way like threatening me.”
Allegedly dragging her into the master bedroom of the suite, Weinstein resumed assaulting her, sticking his fingers inside her, the witness said.
“He knows it’s not normal, he knows it’s not consent,” Siebel Newsom asserted loudly with Weinstein seated a few feet away at the defense table with his attorneys.
“I could tell he just needed, he was so determined, so scary, all about him and his pleasure, his need for satisfaction, so I just did it to make it stop,” he said. she added about Weinstein, who tried to put his “strange, messed up” penis inside her and have non-consensual sex with her, then perform forced cunnilingus on her. “Oh, I just made some noise to make him cum faster,” Siebel Newsom said of Weinstein’s masturbation.
“There was a silence from me,” Siebel Newsom told the court after Weinstein’s ejaculation. “I just remember having no words. I just wanted to get out of there, forgive my language,” she said, crying again.
“I just remember being shocked by everything,” Siebel Newsom said of the little chat Weinstein made afterwards and his departure from his suite. “It felt like the twilight zone, I just walked down that hallway, it felt like an eternity,” she noted. “It was like an out-of-body experience. I just remember picking up my car from the valet.
Siebel Newsom admitted on the stand that she did not turn herself in to the police after the incident, a decision she said was made in part because of a bad experience she had with the law enforcement after the death of his brother years before. She also admitted that she had personal and political contact with Weinstein in the years after the alleged assault – a fact the defense will surely continue to point out during questioning on Tuesday.
PREVIOUSLY, 12:27 p.m.: “He was really focused on telling me that I was special and that I was different,” Jennifer Siebel Newsom told a jury in downtown Los Angeles on Monday during her first meeting with Harvey Weinstein.
“He was like the kingmaker, he was the pinnacle of the industry,” she said on the stand of meeting Weinstein in 2005 at the Toronto Film Festival. “I was a working actress, I had small roles, guest roles in TV shows and movies, and I was working on shorts, I had been in two feature films…but those were small roles.
Due to continue his testimony this afternoon, Siebel Newsom broke down in tears at some point this morning when asked to report Weinstein in the courtroom at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. With two security guards in the front row of Judge Lisa Lench’s courtroom, Siebel Newsom took the floor to answer questions from LA County Deputy Marlene Martinez after several other witnesses testified on Monday.
After first revealing in late 2017 the interaction she had with Weinstein years prior, Siebel Newsom went public through her attorney on Oct. 10 that she was Jane Doe #4 in the LA trial. of the incarcerated producer. “Like many other women, my client was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein during an alleged business meeting that turned out to be a trap,” attorney Elizabeth Fegan said in a statement. “She intends to testify at her trial to seek some measure of justice for survivors, and as part of her life’s work to improve the lives of women.”
Siebel Newsom’s testimony comes after her husband, California Governor Gavin Newsom, widely seen as a potential candidate for president of the United States at one point, was easily re-elected last week.
Weinstein faces indictments before a grand jury on four counts of rape, four counts of forced oral copulation, one count of forcible sexual penetration, plus one count of forcible sexual assault and assault. sex in incidents involving five women in LA County from 2004 to 2013. Sentenced to 23 years in prison by a Manhattan jury in March 2020 for multiple sex crimes, and now on appeal, Weinstein, 70, faces 140 years in prison if convicted in LA
In his opening statement to the trial last month, Weinstein’s attorney, Mark Werkman, dismissed the Siebel Newsom, California’s first partner, as nothing more than “another bimbo who slept with Harvey Weinstein to advance in Hollywood” if she had not married. now-Gov. Newsom. As testimony from other Jane Does and witnesses began last month in the West Coast trial, reports have emerged in the press about the contributions Weinstein has made to Newsom’s various campaigns over the years, as well as meetings with filmmaker and actress Siebel Newsom – who married Newsom in 2008, when he was mayor of San Francisco – and her husband had with Weinstein after the alleged assault in late 2004-early 2005 in Los Angeles
In late October, Lench restricted the defense’s ability to question Siebel Newsom about his 2007 communication with Weinstein about an affair her then-boyfriend Newsom had had with the spouse of a campaign aide. . The judge also limited the scope of the prosecution to ask about texts Siebel Newsom had with Louisette Geiss in 2015 about Weinstein and comments about former first daughter Malia Obama’s internship at the Weinstein Co. .in early 2017.
Weinstein’s trial is expected to last until the end of the month before the case goes to the jury.
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