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Harvey Weinstein Faces Two Charges For Sexually Assaulting Wife of California Governor

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By Augustine Mbam - - 5 Mins Read

Filmmaker and the wife of California Gov. Jennifer Newsom have alleged that Harvey Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in 2005.

At Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial in Los Angeles on Monday, Jennifer, amidst tears, narrated how Weinstein had come raped and sexually assaulted her.

Despite the almost believing and yet unproven story of Jennifer Newsom, Harvey Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him. Four counts of forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint, four counts of rape, and sexual penetration by force are the numerous charges facing Weinstein. 

Jennifer Newsom graduated from the University of Stanford and has written and directed many documentaries. Many women are expected to testify against Harvey Weinstein's wrongdoings, and Gavin Newsom's wife is one of them.

Jennifer Sibel Newsom

The Harvey Weinstein case has had many women testifying under pseudonyms, but Jennifer Newsom would like to testify to the court herself to get Weinstein behind bars. 

Before the testimony began, Jennifer Newsom had a fit of emotions and nervousness and broke down in tears many times during court. 

The judge presiding over the Harvey Weinstein case had asked her if she could recognize Weinstein, who was in front of her. 

She replied in a shaky voice, "He’s wearing a suit and a blue tie, and he’s staring at me."

How it All Began 

Jennifer Newsom had told the court that she met with the media mogul Harvey Weinstein when she was still 31 years old in 2005 at a party.

The two had talked for a long time at the party, and everything was going well. During their little talk, Harvey Weinstein told her they would talk later and that he had a meeting to attend. 

"I felt like I had to meet with him … maybe he’ll give me good advice... I thought there was a genuine interest in talking to me about my work," Jennifer Newsom testified. 

At this point, she (Jennifer Newsom) knew that Harvey Weinstein was going to a meeting in New York and had a flight to catch.

The Incidence Happened at a Hotel in Los Angeles 

Jennifer testified and told the court that the main event leading to her rape happened in late September of 2005 when Weinstein was in Los Angeles. She mentioned that she lived in a West Hollywood neighborhood when Weinstein dropped by during a party at that time. 

She told the jury that Weinstein had told her, "I’ll be in touch. I’d like to have a meal with you or a drink or something and continue the conversation. We can talk about your film projects."

After that meeting at the party, Weinstein called and invited her to a hotel he was staying at that time. When she arrived at the hotel, she said that either Weinstein's assistant or himself had told everyone in his suite to leave the two of them alone. 

She said while discussing her project with Harvey Weinstein; he told her he would get more comfortable and moved to the hallway. 

According to what he told the jury, Weinstein had called her from the hallway, saying, "Can you help me?" When she went down the hallway, she saw Harvey Weinstein touching himself, and at this point, he raped her. 

When asked why she didn't report to the police or tell another person then, she said, " I was so violated, and I don’t know how that happened,” she said through tears. “I didn’t see the clues, and I didn’t know how to escape."