The trial of Harvey Weinstein. The wife of the California governor shocked with the testimony

Drama and tears: The trial of Harvey Weinstein begins

Harvey Weinstein is on trial. The prosecution and defense make their opening statements. A sexual assault trial begins with high drama—and drastic details.


She cried, shook and fought: California Governor Gavin Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel, was also allegedly victimized by Harvey Weinstein. Your statement shocked.

The wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom took the stand Monday as a witness in the trial against former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for sexual assault, which has been ongoing since early October.

Partially in tears, Jennifer Siebel, 48, described meeting Weinstein in 2005 at a Beverly Hills hotel to discuss possible projects as an actress and producer.

Weeping and shaking: Siebel rape allegations

According to her testimony, Weinstein attacked her, dragged her to the bed and raped her, according to reporters present at the trial. She was crying, shaking and trying to fight him off, Siebel said. Weinstein must have known this was done without her consent.

The producer was a strong figure in Hollywood and at that time she was still trying to establish herself in the film business. She later met Gavin Newsom, whom she married in 2008. The Democrat is the governor of California as of 2019. The couple has four children. Siebel, who is listed as Plaintiff Jane Doe #4 in the lawsuit, has previously revealed her identity.

Harvey Weinstein must defend himself against rape charges for the second time. (archive image)

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Second trial for Weinstein

Weinstein is on trial for the second time on sexual assault charges. After a trial in New York that ended in a guilty verdict and a lengthy prison sentence in 2020, he now faces 11 charges in California, including rape. It concerns the accusation of five women in the period from 2004 to 2013.

As before, Weinstein has denied any wrongdoing. Sexual acts have always been consensual. His attorney said in his initial lawsuit that the plaintiffs had sex with the influential producer to advance their careers in Hollywood.


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