“He just focused on telling me I was special, and I was different,” Jennifer Siebel Newsom told a Los Angeles jury Monday about her first meeting with Harvey Weinstein.
“He was like a king, he was a big man in the industry,” she said in an interview with Weinstein in 2005 at the Toronto Film Festival. “I was an actress, I had a few roles, I had guest roles in TV shows and movies, and I worked in short films, I had two parts… but they were small.”
Expected to continue her testimony this afternoon, Siebel Newsom broke down in tears at one point this morning when asked to identify Weinstein in a courtroom at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center. With two guards in front of Judge Lisa Lench’s courtroom, Siebel Newsom answered questions from LA County Deputy DA Marlene Martinez after several other witnesses testified Monday.
After first revealing in late 2017 about her experiences with Weinstein years ago, Siebel Newsom publicly announced through her attorney on October 10 that she was Jane Doe #4 in the LA producer’s incarcerated case. “Like many other women, my client was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein during a business meeting that turned out to be a trap,” attorney Elizabeth Fegan said in a statement. “She wants to testify at her trial to get justice for the survivors, and as part of her life to improve the lives of women.”
Siebel Newsom’s testimony comes after her husband, Gov. Gavin Newsom, California, who is known to be the next president of the US, was easily re-elected last week.
Mr. Weinstein faces four counts of rape, four counts of forced oral sex, one count of sexual assault, and one count of battery by sexual restraint and the use of pornography in incidents involving five women in LA County from 2004 to 2013. He was sentenced to life in prison. Sentenced to 23 years in prison by a Manhattan jury in March 2020 for multiple sex crimes, and currently on appeal, the 70-year-old Weinstein faces up to 140 years in prison if convicted in LA.
In his opening statement last month, Weinstein’s lawyer, Mark Werkman, accused California First Lady Siebel Newsom of being “just another bimbo who slept with Harvey Weinstein to get ahead in Hollywood” if she wasn’t married. now-Gov. Newsom. As testimony from another Jane Doe and other witnesses began last month at the West Coast trial, details appeared in the press about Weinstein’s contributions to various Newsom campaigns over the years, as well as meetings with actress and actress Siebel Newsom – who is married to Newsom. in 2008 when he was mayor of San Francisco – and her husband had Weinstein beat her in late 2004-early 2005 in LA.
In late October, Lench limited the ability of the defense to question Siebel Newsom about her connection to Weinstein in 2007 because of Newsom’s then-affiliate affair with a campaign assistant. The judge also limited the prosecution’s opportunity to question Siebel Newsom’s 2015 correspondence with Louisette Geiss about Weinstein and comments about First Lady Malia Obama’s education at the Weinstein Co. in early 2017.
Weinstein’s trial is expected to last until the end of the month before the trial.