The director and former actress said the former film producer had invited her to a hotel in Beverly Hill to discuss future projects. However, upon arriving at the suite, the convicted sex offender began masturbating and then molested her
Jennifer Siebel Newsom and her husband, the Governor of California (Reuters)
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, documentary filmmaker and wife of the California Governor, testified Monday that former film producer Harvey Weinstein raped her in 2005 as she was trying to build a career as a producer and actress.
On the Los Angeles Superior Court bench, Siebel Newsom said she met Weinstein, now 70, at the Toronto Film Festival when she was 31 and had had a few small film and television roles.
Weeks later, in California, Weinstein invited her to meet him at the hotel The Peninsula in Beverly Hills, for which she believed it was a business meeting, she stated. She was surprised to learn that she was due to meet Weinstein, then one of Hollywood's most powerful producers, in her hotel suite, she specified.
When he arrived, Weinstein had no interest in discussing his projects, Siebel Newsom said. He went to the bathroom, called her and began masturbating in front of her, she said, before touching her breasts and becoming “aggressive.”
Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California, United States, October 04, 2022. Etienne Laurent/Pool via REUTERS/File
“I was scared. This was not why I came here,” she said, breaking down in tears. “I just remember physically trying to back off.”
When he came out of the bathroom in a bathrobe with nothing under it and started groping her while he masturbated, she described her feelings. “Horror! Horror!” she said. “I'm shaking. I'm like a stone, I'm frigid. This is my worst nightmare. I'm just a blow-up doll.”
She then gave a graphic depiction of a sexual assault and rape by Weinstein in the suite's bedroom.
Siebel Newsom said that Weinsteinhe put her on a bed, although he doesn't remember if he carried her or dragged her there. Then he raped her, he claimed.
“He was so big and so determined. It was hell,” she added.
His testimony of her turned dramatic. “He knows this is not normal!” she yelled during the Los Angeles trial, recalling her thoughts amid the alleged 2005 rape. “He knows this is not consent! ”.
She then cried out “Oh, God!” as if overcome by the memory, and broke down in tears. Weinstein watched her from the defense table.
Weinstein, the man who became the face of the #MeToo five years ago, he is serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual offences in New York. He is now on trial in Los Angeles on eleven counts of rape and sexual assault and has pleaded not guilty.
Jury selection began in Los Angeles in the trial against former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who faces eleven charges, including rape and forced oral sex against women. The man is serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York for a series of assaults sexual. (AFP)
Siebel Newsom, who was identified in court as Jane Doe #4 (Unnamed), is one of four women whose allegations are the basis of the Los Angeles charges against Weinstein. Prosecutors had previously said there were five accusers.
His testimony was the most dramatic and emotional yet in the three-week trial. He wept throughout his 2 1/2 hours on the stand, starting with being asked to identify Weinstein, 70, for the record. “He's wearing a blue suit and tie, and he's staring at me,” she said as tears began to flow.
Siebel Newsom's attorney confirmed in October that she would testify in the case
Defense attorneys have argued that all of Weinstein's sexual encounters were consensual and that his accusers willingly participated in a “casting couch” culture to further their Hollywood careers.< /p>
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At the time of the meeting with Siebel Newsom, she had not met her future husband, current California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and said she did not tell him what happened until the allegations against Weinstein were made public.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom speaks during an appearance with her husband, in San Leandro, California, United States, September 8, 2021. REUTERS/Fred Greaves/File
In questioning, Weinstein's lawyer, Mark Werksman, asked Siebel Newsom why her husband had acceptedcampaign donations from the producer. She said the governor returned the money after she told him about her encounter.
Weinstein, 70, was convicted of sexual misconduct in New York in February 2020. He was extradited to a Los Angeles prison in July 2021.
In New York, Weinstein is appealing his conviction and sentence to 23 years in prison. He could face up to 140 years in prison if convicted on all counts in Los Angeles.
(With information from Reuters and AP)< /i>