LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, is set to testify in the sex crimes trial of disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in Los Angeles.
The 70-year-old former film producer has previously been convicted of rape and other sex crimes in New York. Now he’s facing trial on similar allegations in LA, years after allegations that helped spark the #MeToo movement in Hollywood.
Jury selection is expected to begin Monday on rape and other sexual cases involving five women who said Weinstein assaulted them in luxury hotels between 2004 and 2013.
All five of Weinstein’s accusers are expected to testify, as well as several other women whose allegations are not part of the indictment. However, they are expected to describe Weinstein’s past behavior.
ABC News confirmed that one of these women is California’s first partner.
“Like many other women, my client was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein at an alleged business meeting, which turned out to be a trap,” Bel Fegan, attorney for Siebel Newsom, said in a statement. “She intends to testify at his trial to seek some measure of justice for survivors and as part of her life’s work to improve the lives of women. Please respect her decision not to discuss this matter outside of the courtroom.”
To stand trial, Weinstein was extradited from New York, where he has already served two years of a 23-year sentence for sex crimes. This case is being appealed.
The #MeToo movement gained momentum about five years ago after dozens of women accused Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.
The multiple allegations over a period of time will help strengthen prosecutors’ case, according to a legal analyst.
“That’s going to be one of the strongest arguments for the prosecution,” said attorney and analyst Lou Shapiro. “It’s called paradigm proof. It’s not just one person who comes across it, it’s several people who don’t know each other. What is the probability that different people, from different places, from different periods of time all have similar stories? It’s not just a coincidence.”
If convicted on the Los Angeles charges, Weinstein faces the rest of his life in prison.
Jury selection could take two weeks, with the process itself estimated to take around two months. No cameras are allowed in the courtroom.
Before his fall, Weinstein was considered one of Hollywood’s most influential and successful film producers, whose company produced Oscar-winning films and highly regarded classics such as Shakespeare in Love and Pulp Fiction.
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