- Gavin Newsom’s wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom also testified at Harvey Weinstein’s trial in LA.
- On Tuesday, Siebel Newsom was interviewed by Weinstein’s lawyers.
- He was impressed by the interviews with government officials, and the ‘interesting statement’ he released on Monday.
Harvey Weinstein’s attorney pressed the wife of California governor Gavin Newsom, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, at Weinstein’s trial in Los Angeles on rape charges on Tuesday, trying to get evidence out of her testimony during cross-examination.
Siebel Newsom took the stand for a second day on Tuesday, arguing with Weinstein’s lawyer Mark Werksman through her quick questions, which covered Newsom’s claims and previous evidence that Weinstein raped her at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills in 2005.
Weinstein – who is already serving 23 years in prison after another trial in New York – is currently indicted in LA on seven counts of rape, based on allegations that five different women sexually assaulted them in hotels between 2004 and 2013. Weinstein denies the allegations and he objected.
Werksman disputed what Siebel Newsom told Los Angeles County investigators and a grand jury in 2020 about the alleged assault, adding to her testimony from Monday. Siebel Newsom told Mr. Werksman that she initially thought the claims were over the top.
“When you tell the police, do you think that what you told the police will lead to criminal charges?” Werksman asked, according to the pool report. “Honestly I’m just telling the truth and I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Siebel Newsom responded.
Siebel Newsom said she was questioned Tuesday that she did not know if she told police that in order to get out, she helped Weinstein ejaculate, as she testified yesterday.
“Sometimes things are in my head and I don’t remember if I said them or not,” Siebel Newsom said.
“Yesterday you said you were having nightmares. Is it hard for you to recognize what happened in the nightmare and what happened in the bedroom at Peninsula?” asked Werksman. “No, no.” Siebel Newsom replied.
“Over the past few days, my client, Jane Doe 4, has taken a difficult and painful path to go public about her sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein. She knew it would have been easy to remember what he did to her in 2005, but she couldn’t,” Siebel Newsom attorney Elizabeth Fegan said. he told Insider in a statement. “Throughout her testimony she showed strength and determination to tell the truth and stood her ground as Mr. Weinstein’s defense team tried to discredit her.”
On Monday, Siebel Newsom testified that to get out, she made “pleasant noises” and helped Weinstein ejaculate with her hand, then managed to get dressed and leave the room. Through interviews with Werksman, Siebel Newsom disputed Werksman’s use of the word “orgasm.”
“Fake orgasm,” Werksman said. “It didn’t take long. This isn’t When Harry Met Sally.” Siebel Newsom said, telling Werksman that using the word orgasm was “very bad.”
In opening remarks, Werksman said Siebel Newsom “will be just another bimbo who slept with Harvey Weinstein to get ahead in Hollywood” if she doesn’t come forward as a rape victim.
Werksman also said in the opening that two of the women’s accounts were fake, while three other women engaged in “sexual intercourse” with Weinstein to further their careers.
“Your powers are so complicated, you’re just exaggerating things,” Siebel Newsom told Werksman, who received a correction and said he didn’t answer some of her questions.