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Jennifer Siebel Newsom Testifies At Harvey Weinstein Rape Trial; Witness Breaks Down In Tears On The Stand – Deadline

UPDATE, 5:05 PM: He knew one thing was off after we have been on the SAG Awards and the way in which Harvey checked out me,” Jennifer Siebel Newsom informed protection lawyer Mark Werkman, jurors and onlookers at Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial of her husband after which Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2017 data of the producer’s alleged assault of her a number of years beforehand. “I dropped hints along the way,” California’s First Partner added in what was typically emotional, tearful and graphic testimony this afternoon.

Scrutinized by Werkman about when and the way she knowledgeable her now Governor partner of the alleged rape by Weinstein in his suite on the Peninsula Hotel over 17 years in the past, Siebel Newsom was continuously overcome by sobs. Centering on the political connections of frequent huge bucks contributor Weinstein, the protection lawyer remained oblivious to the witness’ anguish Monday. “Well, is that just politics, that you just take money from someone who has done something despicable to your wife unless everybody finds out about it?” Werkman stated in his cross-examination this afternoon.

Identified as Jane Doe #4 in Weinstein’s West Coast trial, Siebel Newsom revealed her true title final month earlier than testimony within the case started in Judge Lisa Lench’s DTLA courtroom. Pillared on the stand immediately, Siebel Newsom is predicted to be again for extra testimony tomorrow in what may very well be the closing days of this trial.

With Weinstein dealing with nearly a dozen intercourse crimes costs and taking a look at 140 years most behind bars if discovered responsible, sources on each side have expressed that Siebel Newsom’s testimony might show pivotal within the case

Earlier within the day, after initially coming back from the lunch break, the witness described in vivid element going to fulfill Weinstein within the Beverly Hills resort when she was younger and single filmmaker/actress charmed by the eye the then mogul gave her. “I was confused,” Siebel Newsom defined when she was contacted all of a sudden by a Weinstein assistant to be informed the meeting could be within the producer’s suite. “I used to be a little bit hesitant. I used to be anticipating to fulfill him the place the noise and the excitement was and there was all this dialog. I used to be simply confused, and I didn’t know what to do.

Let into Weinstein’s “opulent” suite by an assistant, Siebel Newsom acknowledged how issues rapidly took a flip for the more serious and the lethal. Called to affix Weinstein within the toilet, she discovered him masturbating. Overcome and admitting she discovered some recollections of the incident “confusing,” the witness informed Deputy DA Marlene Martinez’ and the courtroom how Weinstein defined what was occurring to her. “He was asserting himself and tried to tell me that he, he mentioned several actresses names, he tried to tell me that this was the industry, and in a way like threaten me.”

Allegedly hauling then Jennifer Siebel into the suite’s principal bed room, Weinstein started assaulting her once more, placing his fingers inside her, the witness stated. 

He is aware of this isn’t regular, he is aware of this isn’t consent,” Siebel Newsom asserted in a loud voice with Weinstein sitting mere ft away on the protection desk along with his attorneys.

“I could tell he just needed, he was so determined, just so scary, just all about him and his pleasure his need for satisfaction so I just did it to make it stop,” she added of Weinstein tried placing his “weird and messed up” penis inside her and having non-consensual intercourse along with her after which performing pressured cunnilingus on her. “Oh, I just made some noises to get him to ejaculate faster,” Siebel Newsom stated of then masturbating Weinstein.”  

“There was silence on my part,” Siebel Newsom informed the courtroom after Weinstein ejaculated. “I just remember not having words. I just wanted to get the f*ck out of there. Pardon my language,” she stated, crying once more. “I just remember being shocked by everything, Siebel Newsom said of the small talk Weinstein made afterwards and her leaving his suite. It was like the Twilight Zone, I just walked down this hallway it felt like forever,” she famous. “It was like an out-of-body experience. I just remember I got my car at the valet.”

Siebel Newsom admitted on the stand that she didn’t go to police after the incident. A choice she indicated was partially due to a foul expertise she had with legislation enforcement after her sibling’s dying years earlier than She additionally admitted she did have personal and political contact with Weinstein within the years for the reason that alleged assault – a truth the protection will certainly proceed to emphasis of their question of the witness on Tuesday.

PREVIOUSLY, 12:27 PM: “He was really focused on telling me I was special, and I was different,” Jennifer Siebel Newsom informed a downtown Los Angeles jury Monday of her first meeting with Harvey Weinstein.

“He was like the kingmaker, he was the top of the industry,” she stated on the stand about encountering Weinstein in 2005 on the Toronto Film Festival. “I was a working actress, I had little roles, guest-starring roles on TV shows and films, and I was working on some short films, I’d been in two features … but they were small roles.”

Expected to proceed her testimony this afternoon, Siebel Newsom broke down in tears at one level this morning when requested to level out Weinstein within the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center courtroom. With two safety guards within the entrance row of Judge Lisa Lench’s courtroom, Siebel Newsom took the stand to questions from Deputy L.A. County D.A. Marlene Martinez after a number of different witness had testified Monday.

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Having first revealed in late 2017 the interplay she had with Weinstein years beforehand, Siebel Newsom went public by way of her lawyer on October 10 that she was Jane Doe #4 within the incarcerated producer’s L.A. trial. “Like many other women, my client was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein at a purported business meeting that turned out to be a trap,” lawyer Elizabeth Fegan stated in an announcement. “She intends to testify at his trial in order 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 Gov. Gavin Newsom, broadly seen as a possible candidate for U.S. president sooner or later, was simply reelected final week.

Weinstein is dealing with grand jury indictments of 4 counts of rape, 4 counts of forcible oral copulation, one rely of sexual penetration by use of power, plus one rely of sexual battery by restraint and sexual battery in incidents involving 5 ladies in L.A. County from 2004 to 2013. Sentenced to 23 years in jail by a Manhattan jury in March 2020 for a number of intercourse crimes, and now on attraction, the 70-year previous Weinstein faces 140 years imprisonment if discovered responsible in L.A.

In his opening assertion within the trial final month, Weinstein lawyer Mark Werkman dismissed the Siebel Newsom, the First Partner of California, as not more than “just another bimbo who slept with Harvey Weinstein to get ahead in Hollywood” if she hadn’t married now-Gov. Newsom. As testimony from different Jane Does and witness commenced final month within the West Coast trial, data appeared within the press of contributions Weinstein made to Newsom’s varied campaigns over time, in addition to encounters one-time 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 L.A.

In late October, Lench curtailed the protection’s means to question Siebel Newsom about her 2007 communication with Weinstein over an affair her then-boyfriend Newsom had with a marketing campaign aide’s partner. The decide additionally restricted the prosecution’s attain to ask about texts Siebel Newsom had with Louisette Geiss in 2015 about Weinstein and feedback about former First Daughter Malia Obama’s internship on the Weinstein Co. in early 2017.

Weinstein’s trial is predicted to run till the top of the month earlier than the case goes to the jury.

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