The defense attorney in the rape trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein asked California First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom to fake an orgasm in court during her testimony Monday for the prosecution, according to Breitbart News.
Weinstein, who was recently sentenced in New York to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, faces similar charges in California. Newsom is one of four victims who is testifying against him at his ongoing trial.
After she testified about allegedly being raped by Weinstein in a hotel room in 2005, Newsom faced cross-examination, during which defense attorney Mark Werksman asked her to recreate an orgasm she said she had faked in an effort to end the encounter.
Siebel Newsom, visibly annoyed, retorted, “This is not ‘When Harry Met Sally.’ I’m not doing that,” referring to a scene in the 1989 movie in which Meg Ryan’s character memorably faked a loud orgasm in a busy New York restaurant.
When Werksman peppered Siebel Newsom with questions concerning details about her prior testimony regarding the alleged rape, she replied: “What you’re doing today is exactly what he did to me.”
The defense also asked Newsom about why she later sent Weinstein emails asking for political donations for her husband, Gavin Newsom, who was running for reelection as mayor of San Francisco, and thanking Weinstein for invited her to a party at the Oscars.
Newsom was visibly distressed by the cross-examination, which had to be stopped as she cried uncontrollably.