Washington. the filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of the Governor of California, Gavin Newsomassured that the American producer Harvey Weinstein he raped her in a hotel room in 2005, she testified at his trial in Los Angeles.
Siebel Newsom was the fourth woman to testify in a Los Angeles court against Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York for a series of crimes. sexual assaults and now faces eleven other charges.
According to local media reports, the filmmaker told the court on Monday that she met Weinstein when she was 31 years old in a bar with friends from the industry, during the toronto film festival.
He asked to see her later to continue the conversation, and she felt she “had to meet him” for advice or because she thought Weinstein had a “genuine interest” in discussing his work.
It wasn’t until September 2005 that Weinstein contacted her again. The documentary director explained that the producer showed interest in discussing her film projects, which led her to accept her invitation at the Hotel Peninsula de Beverly Hills.
She does not remember if it was Wenstein or his assistant who asked the rest of the people present to leave the room to leave them alone, at which point, according to her testimony, he crouched down wearing a bathrobe and asked her “Can you help me?”
Siebel Newsom recalled that at that moment “he was touching himself” and later grabbed her and took her to the bedroom, where, she claimed, he raped her.
“I don’t know how it happened,” the filmmaker apologized through tears, who also admitted that she did not see “the clues” or knew how to escape from that situation.
On cross-examination, the defense attorney Mark Werksman suggested instead that Siebel Newsom had consensual sex with the producer because he wanted him to help him in his career.
Weinstein’s lawyers stressed that Gavin Newsom accepted campaign contributions from the producer despite the rape accusationsbut his wife assured that the governor returned the funds as soon as he realized that something was happening.
Siebel Newsom is one of Weinstein’s anonymous whistleblowers, according to court documents cited by CNN.
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