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Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California governor, takes stand at Harvey Weinstein trial
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Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California governor, takes stand at Harvey Weinstein trial

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and the wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, burst into tears a few minutes into her testimony Monday when asked to identify Harvey Weinstein from the witness stand at his trial.Siebel Newsom spent 15 minutes on the stand in the downtown Los Angeles courtroom before a lunch break, becoming the fourth woman Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting to testify at the former movie magnate's trial.Asked by a prosecutor if she saw the person in court that she met at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2005, she went silent then burst into tears before managing to mutter "yes" into the microphone. Told to describe the 70-year-old Weinstein for the record, she looked toward the defense table w...
“That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson on trial on 3 rape charges
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“That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson on trial on 3 rape charges

Danny Masterson, former star of the long-running sitcom "That '70s Show," is about to face three women in court who say he raped them two decades ago at a trial whose key figures are all current or former members of the Church of Scientology.Opening statements could begin as early as Tuesday in the Los Angeles trial of the 46-year-old Masterson, and while a judge has expressed her determination not to have the church become the center of the proceedings, it will inevitably loom large.Masterson is charged with raping the women between 2001 and 2003 in his home, which functioned as a social hub when he was at the height of his fame. Masterson has pleaded not guilty to the charges. One of the women had been Masterson's longtime girlfriend. Anothe...
Harvey Weinstein defense can use California governor’s wife’s email at trial
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Harvey Weinstein defense can use California governor’s wife’s email at trial

Jurors in the trial of Harvey Weinstein will be allowed to hear that Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, emailed the movie magnate for advice about dealing with the media amid a scandal involving Gavin Newsom two years after Weinstein allegedly raped and sexually assaulted her, a judge ruled Monday.The judge granted narrow permission to the defense to introduce evidence of the email sent to Weinstein in 2007, when Gavin Newsom was mayor of San Francisco and was dating Siebel Newsom.But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa B. Lench forbid the defense from discussing the underlying issue behind the email — the revelation of an affair Newsom had had in 2005 with an aide. Lench called it "too tangential in relation to this trial." ...
Mel Gibson can testify in Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles sexual assault trial, judge rules
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Mel Gibson can testify in Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles sexual assault trial, judge rules

Mel Gibson can testify about what he learned from one of Harvey Weinstein's accusers, a Los Angeles judge ruled Friday in the rape and sexual assault trial of the former movie mogul. Weinstein is charged with sexually assaulting five women. The 66-year-old Gibson was one of many witnesses, and by far the best known, whose identities were revealed in L.A. County Superior Court. The judge and attorneys had taken a break from jury selection for motions on what evidence will be allowed at the trial, and who can testify. The witness list for the trial is sealed.The alleged sexual assaults span from 2004 to 2013, and most occurred in hotel rooms in L.A. and Beverly Hills, prosecutors said.   Judge Lisa B. Lench ruled that Gibson can testify in suppo...
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California governor, among accusers at Weinstein trial
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Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California governor, among accusers at Weinstein trial

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and actor who is married to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, is among the accusers of Harvey Weinstein who will testify at his rape and sexual assault trial that began Monday, her attorney said."Like many other women, my client was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein at a purported business meeting that turned out to be a trap," Newsom's attorney Elizabeth Fegan said in a statement. "She intends to testify at his trial in order to seek some measure of justice for survivors, and as part of her life's work to improve the lives of women."Weinstein, the 70-year-old former movie mogul who is serving a 23-year prison sentence after a conviction in New York, has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of rape and sexual assault involving Newsom a...
Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles sexual assault trial set to begin
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Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles sexual assault trial set to begin

Five years after women's stories about him made the #MeToo movement explode, Harvey Weinstein is going on trial in Los Angeles, the city where he once was a colossus at the Oscars. Already serving a 23-year sentence for a conviction for rape and sexual assault in New York, the 70-year-old former movie mogul faces different allegations, including several that prosecutors say occurred during a pivotal Oscar week in L.A. Jury selection for an eight-week trial begins Monday. Weinstein has been indicted on four counts of rape and seven other sexual assault counts involving five women, who will appear in court as Jane Does to tell their stories. He has pleaded not guilty. The alleged sexual assaults span from 2004 to 2013, and most occurred in hotel rooms in L.A. and Beverly Hills, pr...