The attorney for Harvey Weinstein is set to make the argument that his client had “consensual sex” with Jennifer Siebel Newsom and did not sexually assault her. Given the track record of Mr. Weinstein it seems pretty darn hard to believe anything he has to say. He’s a perfect example of what the infection of of progressive thought leads to when it completely takes over an industry.
According to the Washington Examiner, “The new argument comes in light of the discovery of an email Siebel Newsom had sent to Weinstein in 2007 asking the Hollywood producer for advice regarding an affair Gavin Newsom had with an aide while he was mayor of San Francisco. The email was sent shortly after Siebel Newsom and Newsom, who is now governor of California, began dating but prior to their marriage and two years after Weinstein allegedly assaulted the actress and filmmaker in a hotel room in the Los Angeles area, according to Deadline.”
“Of all things you’d think a woman that is raped by Harvey Weinstein wouldn’t do, it’s [ask him] how to deal with a sex scandal,” defense lawyer Mark Werksman went on to tell the court. “The fact that she comes to Mr. Weinstein for that advice indicates the friendship and companionship of Jane Doe 4 and Mr. Weinstein.”
Siebel Newsom married the current California governor back in 2008 while he was the mayor of San Francisco. Newsom then became the lieutenant governor of the state and served in that capacity from 2011 to 2019, before becoming the governor later in the year. He is currently facing off against Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle for the governorship.
“Weinstein’s legal team gained a small victory on Monday when Los Angeles Judge Lisa Lench ruled that the defense could ask about the 2007 email Siebel Newsom sent Weinstein, though the judge limited the scope of discussion, saying defense lawyers cannot ask about an alleged affair Newsom had while he was mayor. While Werksman has argued that including the details of the email is important to his case, Lench contended that Werksman was overstating the case by claiming his client’s due process was at stake, according to Fox News,” the Washington Examiner reported.
California’s first lady, who is known as Jane Doe #4 in court documents, is one of five women who are set to deliver testimony against Weinstein during the trial scheduled to take place in Los Angeles. Siebel Newsom initially made her claims against the film producer, who has denied ever engaging in sexual assault, in an article released in 2017.
Lench ruled last Friday that Mel Gibson, legendary actor and film director, could end up testifying in the trial concerning what he learned from Jane Doe #3, another of Weinstein’s accusers. Prosecutors say that this Jane Doe had a very traumatic response after Gibson mentioned the film producer’s name and that Gibson then learned from her that she had been sexually assaulted, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Weinstein is facing 11 accusations of sexual assault from five different accusers. If he’s found guilty he could end up with a maximum of 135 years behind bars. The film mogul is already in the process of serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual assault in New York.