Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and actor who’s married to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, is among the many accusers of Harvey Weinstein who will testify at his rape and sexual assault trial that started Monday, her lawyer stated.
“Like many different ladies, my shopper was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein at a purported enterprise assembly that turned out to be a lure,” Newsom’s lawyer Elizabeth Fegan stated in a press release. “She intends to testify at his trial with a view to search some measure of justice for survivors, and as a part of her life’s work to enhance the lives of ladies.”
Weinstein, the 70-year-old former film mogul who’s serving a 23-year jail sentence after a conviction in New York, has pleaded not responsible to 11 counts of rape and sexual assault involving Newsom and 4 different ladies. All of them will testify as Jane Doe throughout the eight-week trial in a Los Angeles courtroom, the place jury choice started Monday.
The Related Press doesn’t usually title individuals who say they have been sexually abused, however Newsom agreed to be named by means of her lawyer.
The information of her involvement was first reported by The Los Angeles Instances.
Wrote about expertise in 2017
Newsom, 48, appeared in small roles in dozens of movies and tv reveals between 2002 and 2011. Just lately she has directed documentaries together with The Nice American Lie in 2020 and Truthful Play from this yr. Each take care of gender in society.
She wrote about her expertise with Weinstein in a 2017 essay within the Huffington Put up after the New York Instances and New Yorker tales made him a spotlight of the #MeToo motion, however gave few particulars.
Weinstein, who’s being held in a Los Angeles County jail, was introduced Monday into courtroom in a wheelchair by means of a facet door, and climbed from it rigorously right into a seat subsequent to one in all his attorneys on the defence desk. He was sporting a blue go well with, which he’s allowed to alter into from his jail apparel throughout the trial.
He stood with the remainder of the room as the primary panel of 67 potential jurors have been introduced in, however sat down about midway by means of the method. He waved at them from his seat when his attorneys launched them.
Prosecution allowed to deliver up different convictions
The jurors got a prolonged questionnaire supposed to display out those that should be dismissed. Each the questions and solutions on the kinds are personal, however earlier hearings on its contents revealed that it accommodates questions on how a lot media protection of Weinstein they’ve seen and whether or not they have fashioned opinions from it, although the choose rejected questions on particular tales and media shops.
The prosecution will likely be allowed to introduce as proof elements of Weinstein’s conviction for rape and sexual assault. New York’s highest courtroom has agreed to listen to his attraction.
The questionnaire additionally features a query a few California legislation that claims the testimony alone of a sexual assault sufferer might be adequate proof to convict if a juror believes them.
The jurors have been additionally given a protracted listing of names of witnesses within the coming trial, together with these of the accusers to find out whether or not they have any connection to them. The preliminary witness listing within the case had greater than 270 names, although fewer than half which might be anticipated. Many of the potential witness listing has not been made public.
One witness, Barbara Schneeweiss, a producer on Challenge Runway and different tv reveals, was current in courtroom early Monday and was instructed by a choose she was on name to come back in at any time.
Two extra panels of as much as 75 jurors will likely be introduced in Tuesday and Wednesday. Questioning of particular person jurors is just not anticipated to start till subsequent week, and opening statements might not start for 2 weeks.
The trial comes 5 years after ladies’s tales about Weinstein made the #MeToo motion explode.
Weinstein is charged with 4 counts of rape and 7 different sexual assault counts.
Many of the incidents in his indictment, like Newsom’s, allegedly occurred below the guise of enterprise conferences at luxurious resorts in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, which Weinstein used as his California headquarters and the place he may very well be seen throughout awards season and all year long. 4 of them allegedly occurred throughout Oscars week 2013, when Weinstein launched Silver Linings Playbook and Django Unchained would win Academy Awards.