Harvey Weinstein atty calls Gavin Newsom’s wife a ‘bimbo’ in wild and accusatory opening statement

Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s second rape trial kicked off with a bang on Monday as his defense attorney called California Governor Gavin Newsom’s wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom a “bimbo” and a “Hollywood wannabe” in a scorched-earth opening.

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In his opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson identified one of Weinstein’s victims as the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom. The attorney for Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a California filmmaker, had already said that she would be among those to testify during the trial, according to Deadline.

Newsom has been very vocal in claiming that Weinstein raped her. The defense is attempting to besmirch and discredit her right out of the gate.

The governor’s wife claims that Weinstein raped her in a Los Angeles hotel room in 2005 when she was an actress.

Weinstein’s lawyers contend that she consented to every sexual interaction with Weinstein.

Weinstein’s attorney Mark Werksman instructed jurors that they should be prepared to hear a “firehose of false and unprovable allegations” from women who agreed to have consensual sexual interactions with Weinstein, but years later, are now embarrassed and are lying about what actually transpired.

“Look at my client,” Werksman said, referring to Weinstein, according to Variety. “He’s not Brad Pitt or George Clooney. Do you think these beautiful women had sex with him because he’s hot? No, it’s because he’s powerful.”

The attorney told the jury that Hollywood is different today, but back in the day, “transactional sex” was par for the course. “Sex was a commodity” for “rich and powerful men, like my client.”

“Transactional sex … it may have been unpleasant … and now embarrassing,” Werksman remarked. “[But] everyone did it. He did it. They did it.”

Weinstein’s attorney asserted that the #MeToo movement is like a movie that turned Weinstein into “Hollywood’s Chernobyl,” casting him in the “smoldering radioactive” part of the “bad guy.”

“The sequel to the casting couch is the #MeToo trial,” he railed. “They will play the part of the damsel in distress with this beast.”

“They have to lie to themselves, to you, to this court,” Werksman informed the jury. “Their hypocrisy will be on full display.”

The defense attorney went on to bluntly claim that if Newsom hadn’t married a powerful politician, she would have just been another “bimbo” who crawled into bed with Weinstein.

“She’d be just another bimbo who slept with Harvey Weinstein to get ahead,” he argued in court.

“Weinstein’s attorney spent much of his time during opening statements focusing on Jane Doe #4, who was revealed to be Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the actress, and director who is married to California Governor Gavin Newsom, who accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room in 2005. She has become a leading voice against sexual harassment and assault in recent years,” Variety reported.

“She’s made herself a prominent figure of the #MeToo movement,” Werksman charged, calling Newsom a “Hollywood wannabe.”

Werksman continued with his attack, alleging that during the 2005 rape, Newsom faked an orgasm to end the assault more quickly. He went on to assert that there is no more “enthusiastic signal of consent” than “yes, yes, yes.” He said, “Mr. Weinstein believed she consented.”

The attorney also brought up the fact that Weinstein was a huge donor to the Democratic Party and gave money to Gavin Newsom a number of times. Werksman said that in 2007, Weinstein hosted the couple at one of his parties while Gavin Newsom was mayor of San Francisco.

“She brought her husband to meet and party with her rapist. Who does that?” Werksman asked. “He took money from his wife’s rapist for his political campaigns.”

Weinstein reportedly invited Newsom to the Peninsula Hotel to “discuss her career” in 2005. She assumed the meeting would be at the hotel’s restaurant. But she was informed by Weinstein’s aide that the meeting instead would be in his hotel suite, according to Deadline.

The prosecutor explained that Siebel Newsom went to the hotel room and sat on a couch to wait for him. Wearing business attire, he entered with five or six other people, but they departed, according to Thompson.

“She was nervous and uncertain of how to navigate this situation with one of the most powerful people in Hollywood,” he stated.

They spoke, then Weinstein went to the restroom. That is when he called her to him, and she found the producer in his bathrobe.

“She was shocked, and her mind raced,” Thompson claimed.

Weinstein then asked her to touch him and she refused. He moved toward her and referred to “a list of A-list actresses whose careers he supposedly made, and his voice moved from pleading to aggressive and demanding,” the prosecutor charged.

He recounted that Siebel Newsom was crying and shaking when Weinstein forced her to the bed.

“She couldn’t get any words out because of her fear,” he claimed.

Weinstein then told her to “relax” and that “this is going to make her feel better.” He then engaged in oral sex without her consent and forcibly raped her, Thompson recounted.

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