Jennifer Siebel Newsom lied about being raped by Harvey Weinstein because she can’t “discard” the fact that she had “transactional” sex with the former movie magnate, his lawyers sued Thursday.
California Governor Gavin Newsom’s wife — dubbed Jane Doe 4 during Weinstein’s current sexual assault trial — gave an “overly dramatized” performance on the stand to cover up the shame she felt for consensual sex with Weinstein attorney Alan Jackson. said.
In his closing argument in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jackson said, for all her education and “sophistication,” that Siebel Newsom had lied about her sexual rendezvous with Weinstein at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2005 to “cope” with a decision where she is not proud of. .
“She may regret the transactional sex, but regret is far from rape,” Jackson told jurors. “She made the decision to get into a relationship with Harvey and she benefited from it. … That’s the definition of transactional sex and she hates it.”
Siebel Newsom testified two weeks ago that Weinstein lured her to his hotel room under the guise that they were discussing a movie role. She said she agreed because Weinstein could “make or ruin your career” at the time.
She described how Weinstein, 70, penetrated her vagina with his fingers and then his “deformed” penis, which she described as “sort of fishy”.
Siebel Newsom — one of four women who testified that Weinstein sexually assaulted them at trial — sobbed and screamed “no” several times when Deputy District Attorney Marlene Martinez asked her if she planned to have sex with her that night in 2005. the producer. put the gruesome memory of the rape “in a box,” but sometimes came out angrily.
When attorney Mark Werksman peppered Siebel Newsom with questions about details of her past testimony, she responded, “What you’re doing today is exactly what he did to me.”
On Thursday, Jackson called out California’s First Lady for disrespecting his fellow counsel’s questions.
“How dare you say such a thing,” Jackson said. “She dares to equate that with violent rape. There are women who have been violently raped. She created this whole performance to paint herself a victim for choices she made.
While Martinez praised Siebel Newsom in her closing argument for her strength in coming forward to testify in the trial, Jackson said the former actress gave a “performance of a lifetime” as she sat on the stand and repeatedly lied to jurors.
Jackson pointed out how Siebel Newsom, despite allegedly being violently raped by Weinstein, continued to email him for meetings, asking if there were any movie roles she could audition for.
He also claimed that Siebel Newsom only turned against Weinstein when it “got trendy” and to “join a movement” — referring to the #MeToo movement, which has seen Weinstein and other powerful men accused of sexual misconduct, overturned.
The defense also showed a collage of the more than a dozen emails, including one in which she asked Weinstein for advice on how to deal with negative press about a scandal involving her then-boyfriend Gavin Newsom, who had a previous affair with a assistant.
There were also dozens of emails requesting campaign contributions for her husband.
“She sought out his company again and again,” Jackson said. She changes details if it seems bad to her or says she can’t remember. Everything (as far as her memory) is still ‘in a box’. I don’t know where that box is, but maybe she will find the truth there!”
Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of rape and sexual assault involving four women and faces up to 140 years in prison if convicted. He is already serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual misconduct charges in New York.
The defense dropped their case on Thursday. The public prosecutor speaks to the jury on Friday with their rebuttal.