Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a filmmaker and the spouse of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, took the stand in Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial in Los Angeles on Monday, at instances breaking into tears whereas alleging he raped her in a resort room in 2005.
Weinstein has pleaded not responsible to a number of sexual assault expenses, together with 4 counts of rape, 4 counts of forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by drive and sexual battery by restraint in incidents courting from 2004 to 2013.
Siebel Newsom was being cross-examined by the protection group when the decide halted proceedings for the day. She is going to resume her testimony Tuesday morning.
Earlier, Siebel Newsom, the fourth accuser to testify, mentioned she was “a little bit nervous,” and grew emotional shortly after taking the stand.
Requested by prosecutor Marlene Martinez whether or not she may see Weinstein in court docket Monday, Siebel Newsom started to cry and mentioned “sure” into the microphone in a shaky voice.
“He’s carrying a swimsuit, and a blue tie and he’s gazing me,” she mentioned.
She instructed the court docket she met the media mogul when she was 31 years outdated in 2005 whereas at a bar with different trade buddies through the Toronto Movie Competition. “There was this massive particular person coming in the direction of me and it felt like everyone type of backed away,” she recalled, saying, “It felt just like the Purple Sea was parting.”
He then launched himself to her and requested her to satisfy with him later to proceed their speak as a result of he had a gathering, she testified.
“I felt like I needed to go meet with him … possibly he’ll give me good recommendation.. I believed that there was a real curiosity in speaking to me about my work,” she mentioned, including she and a buddy met with Weinstein at a special resort bar.
Weinstein “was actually targeted on telling me I used to be particular,” Siebel Newsom instructed the court docket, including Weinstein instructed her he wished he may keep and speak some extra, however needed to catch a flight to New York.
She mentioned Weinstein then contacted her on the finish of September 2005 when he was in Los Angeles, and she or he was dwelling within the West Hollywood neighborhood. He dropped by a celebration she was having for 5 minutes and, based on Siebel Newsom, mentioned: “I’ll be in contact, I’d wish to have a meal with you or a drink or one thing and proceed the dialog. We will discuss your movie tasks.”
He known as and invited her to a resort the place an assistant instructed her the assembly could be in Weinstein’s suite, she testified. After she arrived, both Weinstein or an assistant instructed everybody within the room to go away, she instructed the court docket.
She described Weinstein as bored with listening to about her tasks. “He abruptly obtained up and mentioned I’m going to go get extra snug,” she mentioned.
In line with her testimony, Weinstein was down a hallway, bent over whereas carrying a gown. “Are you able to assist me?” she says he requested.
“Then I noticed that he was touching himself, and he grabbed me,” she instructed the jury as she started to cry.
He was aggressive and she or he tried to again away, she mentioned.
Weinstein softened his strategy, she testified, however finally he carried or dragged her to the bed room and raped her.
When requested by a prosecutor why she remained within the resort suite, she mentioned, “Since you don’t say no to Harvey Weinstein. He may make or smash your profession. I believed I used to be going to debate my tasks.”
Siebel Newsom mentioned she didn’t inform anybody that evening nor did she name police concerning the incident.
“I used to be so violated and I don’t know the way that occurred,” she mentioned by means of tears. “I didn’t see the clues and I didn’t know learn how to escape.”
Protection lawyer Mark Werksman mentioned in his opening assertion October 24 that Siebel Newsom had consensual intercourse with Weinstein as a result of she needed his assist getting roles and producing movies.
He took explicit intention at her, attacking her credibility utilizing crude language.
“She’s made herself a distinguished sufferer within the #MeToo motion … in any other case she’d be simply one other bimbo who slept with Harvey Weinstein to get forward in Hollywood,” Werksman mentioned.
On Monday, he spent a while targeted on whether or not the governor – who Siebel Newsom married in 2008 – knew of the alleged rape on the time he accepted a marketing campaign contributions from Weinstein. Siebel Newsom mentioned she requested the marketing campaign employees to ask Weinstein for cash however Newsom returned the funds “instantly” in October 2017 after determining one thing occurred.
“I instructed him that Harvey was sketchy at completely different instances, and he picked up on it himself when he met him,” she testified.
Weinstein is charged with forcible oral copulation and forcible rape of Jane Doe 4 between September 1, 2004 and September 30, 2005, based on court docket paperwork. Jane Doe 4 has been recognized as Siebel Newsom.
Siebel Newsom is a Stanford College graduate who has written, directed and produced a number of documentaries, together with “Miss Illustration,” “The Masks You Reside In” and “The Nice American Lie.” Throughout her time as California’s first associate, Siebel Newsom has advocated for working moms and launched initiatives targeted on closing the gender pay hole, amongst different efforts.
The trial in California is his second such sexual assault case since reporting by The New York Instances and The New Yorker in 2017 revealed Weinstein’s alleged historical past of sexual abuse, harassment and secret settlements as he used his affect as a Hollywood energy dealer to benefit from younger ladies.
Weinstein was discovered responsible in 2020 in New York of first-degree legal sexual act and third-degree rape and was sentenced to 23 years in jail. He has maintained his innocence, and New York’s highest court docket agreed in August to listen to his attraction within the case.