Jennifer Seibel Newsom asked Harvey Weinstein for advice about a sex scandal two years after the alleged rape

The wife of California Governor Jennifer Seibel Newsom sent an email to Harvey Weinstein asking for help dealing with a sex scandal involving her husband — two years after she said the film’s producer raped her.

A judge on Monday gave permission for the email to be served by the defense in the Weinstein sex crimes trial in Los Angeles, but said he was barred from discussing the email’s subject.

Siebel Newsom — known at trial as Jane Doe 4 — emailed Weinstein in 2007 asking for advice on how to navigate the “bad press” that began when her then-boyfriend, Gavin Newsom, admitted to having an affair with his campaign manager’s wife.

Weinstein’s attorney, Mark Werksman, defended the inclusion of the email details.

Of all the things you think the woman who raped Harvey Weinstein wouldn’t do, it is [ask him] How do we deal with a sex scandal,” Werksmann said.

Jennifer Seibel Newsom will testify against Harvey Weinstein as Jane Doe 4.
Instagram / Jennifer Seibel Newsom

The defense will be prevented from questioning Siebel Newsom on the issue, but will be able to ask her about the advice she asked from Weinstein.

The defense plans to use the email as evidence that the couple were close, which they argue wouldn’t have been the case if Weinstein had assaulted her.

“The fact that she came to Mr. Weinstein for advice indicates the friendship and companionship of Jane Doe4 and Mr. Weinstein. The defense would be that they were having an affair, and that they had consensual sex,” Werksmann said.

“She basically comes to him to deal with a sex scandal,” he added.

Jennifer Seibel Newsom and Gavin Newsom
The defense plans to use the email to prove that Siebel Newsom and Weinstein were friendly.
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The prosecution argued that Sybil Newsom’s personal life was not relevant to the case.

Deputy District Attorney Marilyn Martinez said Weinstein was clearly a “skillful media manipulator.”

“We don’t think Jane Doe 4’s reaction to her boyfriend has anything to do with this trial,” Martinez said.

Five of Weinstein’s accusers, including the California first lady, are expected to make their stand in Los Angeles during the trial, which could take months.

Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein faces four counts of rape and seven counts of sexual assault in Los Angeles.
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On Monday, the judge also decided not to allow a tweet from the Siebel Newsom as evidence.

The defense had hoped to include the tweet, which was about Malia, the daughter of former President Barack Obama, receiving an internship at The Weinstein Company, as evidence.

Siebel Newsom wrote, “I don’t know why this is celebrated” regarding training. “It is likely that she will only be assaulted.”

Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Seibel Newsom
Siebel Newsom asked Weinstein for advice after her then-boyfriend, Gavin Newsom, admitted to having an affair with his campaign manager’s wife.
Instagram / Jennifer Seibel Newsom

“That’s ridiculous, but it’s ridiculous because she was raped, and she wanted to tell the public?” Martinez asked.

During the ongoing jury selection process, prospective jurors were asked if they would be able to impartially evaluate the governor’s wife when she took the podium.

Weinstein faces four counts of rape and seven counts of sexual assault from five women in Los Angeles. The disgraced film mogul hopes to appeal a 23-year prison sentence for rape and assault in New York.

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