Harvey Weinstein's lawyer quizzes Gavin Newsom's wife about her memory of being raped, wondering if she may have mistaken the incident for a nightmare

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer quizzes Gavin Newsom’s wife about her memory of being raped, wondering if she may have mistaken the incident for a nightmare

  • Gavin Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, testified again in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial in Los Angeles.
  • On Tuesday, Siebel Newsom faced intense cross-examination from Weinstein’s lawyers.
  • She was asked about her talks with authorities and the “sounds of pleasure” she mentioned on Monday.

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer pressed California Governor Gavin Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, at Weinstein’s Los Angeles rape trial on Tuesday, trying to poke holes in her testimony during testy cross-examination .

Siebel Newsom spoke for the second day on Tuesday, clashing with Weinstein’s attorney, Mark Werksman, through his round of quick questions, centering on Newsom’s allegation and previous testimony that Weinstein l was raped at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills in 2005.

Weinstein – who is already serving a 23-year sentence after a separate trial in New York – is currently on trial in Los Angeles on 7 counts of sexual assault, stemming from allegations by five different women who say they assaulted them in hotels between 2004 and 2013. Weinstein denies the allegations and has pleaded not guilty.

Werksman focused on what Siebel Newsom told Los Angeles District Attorney investigators and a grand jury in 2020 about the alleged assault, also pushing his Monday testimony. Siebel Newsom told Werksman that she initially thought her claim was over the statute of limitations.

“When you told the police, do you think the things you said to the police would lead to criminal charges being laid?” Werksman asked, according to the trial pool report. “Honestly, I was just telling my truth and I didn’t know what the outcome would be,” Siebel Newsom replied.

Siebel Newsom said in questioning on Tuesday that she did not know whether she told police that in an effort to end the assault she helped Weinstein ejaculate, as she testified yesterday.

“Sometimes things are in my head and I can’t remember whether I said them or not,” Siebel Newsom said.

“Yesterday you mentioned having nightmares. Did you have trouble discerning what really happened in a nightmare and what really happened in a room at the Peninsula?” Werksman asked. “No no.” Siebel Newsom responded.

“Over the past few days, my client, Jane Doe 4, has made the very difficult and painful decision to publicly recount her sexual assault at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. She knew it would have been easier to keep the memory of her 2005 assault, but she couldn’t,” Siebel Newsom’s attorney, Elizabeth Fegan, told Insider in a statement. “Throughout her testimony, she displayed extraordinary strength and resolve to speak the truth and stood her ground as Weinstein’s defense team ruthlessly attempted to discredit her.”

On Monday, Siebel Newsom testified that to get out of the situation, she made “pleasure sounds” and helped Weinstein ejaculate with her hand, then managed to get dressed and leave the room. Through Werksman’s questions, Siebel Newsom had taken issue with Werksman’s use of the word “orgasm”.

“You had faked an orgasm,” Werksman said. “It wasn’t long. It’s not When Harry Met Sally.” Siebel Newsom said, telling Werksman that the use of the word orgasm was “so rude.”

In her opening statements, Werksman said Siebel Newsom would be “just another bimbo who slept with Harvey Weinstein to get ahead in Hollywood” if she didn’t come forward as a rape victim.

Werksman suggested in his opening statements that two of the women’s accounts were false, while the other three women engaged in “transactional sex” with Weinstein to advance their careers.

“Your energy is so intense, you just add things,” Siebel Newsom told Werksman, who took her in to correct him and said she didn’t answer some of his questions.

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