Rose McGowan claims Newsom's wife offered hush money from Weinstein

Rose McGowan claims Newsom's wife offered hush money from Weinstein

09/12/2021

‘David Boies wants to know what it would take to make you happy’: Rose McGowan claims Gavin Newsom’s wife tried to silence her over Harvey Weinstein rape allegations in 2017

  • Rose McGowan says that California First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom called her in 2017 and tried to broker deal on behalf of Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer
  • McGowan, one of Weinstein’s alleged assault victims, revealed Jennifer called her in 2017 to broker a deal for Boies to make the story go away 
  • The former Charmed actress is scheduled to appear alongside Larry Elder, the conservative radio talk show host, for a campaign event on Sunday
  • Elder is running in recall election to replace the incumbent, California Governor Gavin Newsom, who polls show is up comfortably; Recall is set for Tuesday 
  • The Democratic superlawyer who represented Weinstein, David Boies, gifted California Governor Gavin Newsom a $300 bottle of wine 
  • Newsom accepted Boies’s offering just weeks after the lawyer led a smear campaign against Weinstein’s accusers 
  • Jennifer Siebel Newsom has also been accused for helping Boies try to squash negative stories about the disgraced film producer
  • Siebel Newsom is the sister-in-law of the son of Boies’ partner, Jonathan D. Schiller, of the powerhouse firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP 
  • In April, prosecutors dropped domestic violence charge after Joshua Schiller, 40, was arrested in incident involving wife, Melissa Siebel Schiller 
  • Boies’ law firm Boies Schiller Flexner has also hit the headlines over staff departures blamed on firm’s work with Weinstein and alleged nepotism

Rose McGowan says California Governor Gavin Newsom’s wife acted as a go-between for Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer and tried to broker an agreement so that she would not come forward with sexual assault allegations.

In 2017, the former Charmed actor said someone close to Weinstein offered her $1million if she agreed to sign a non-disclosure agreement. McGowan says she refused the offer. It is unclear if Newsom’s wife was the one who made the offer.

She then went public with allegations that in 1997, Weinstein assaulted her during the Sundance Film Festival when she was just 23 years old.

Recently, McGowan told Dave Rubin on his show The Rubin Report that Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, called her in 2017 to try and broker a deal between her and Weinstein attorney David Boies to make the story go away. 

Boies is the powerhouse Democratic Party attorney who co-founded the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP alongside Jonathan D. Schiller and Donald Flexner. 

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is the sister of Melissa Siebel Schiller, who is married to Joshua Irwin Schiller, the son of Jonathan D. Schiller. Joshua Schiller is also a practicing lawyer with his father’s firm.

‘This is about six months before the New York Times article on Weinstein that I set up broke,’ McGowan told Rubin.

Rose McGowan says California Governor Gavin Newsom’s wife acted as a go-between for Harvey Weinstein ‘s lawyer and tried to bribe her so that she would not come forward with sexual assault allegations 

According to McGowan, California First Lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom (seen right with Governor Gavin Newsom in San Leandro, California on Wednesday), called her on behalf of David Boies, the attorney representing disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, in 2017

In 2017, the former Charmed actor said someone close to Weinstein offered her $1million if she agreed to sign a non-disclosure agreement. McGowan says she refused the offer. It is unclear if Newsom’s wife was the one who made the offer. Weinstein is pictured above in February 2020


California Governor and #MeToo champion Gavin Newsom (left) accepted a $300 bottle of wine as a gift from Democratic superlawyer hired to represent Harvey Weinstein, David Boies (right), weeks after reports that the lawyer worked to discredit Weinstein’s alleged victims

David Boies (pictured right with Harvey Weinstein in 2002) was hired to represent the disgraced Hollywood producer and dig up dirt on the women who accused him of sexual assault

She added: ‘And she called me on behalf of a Theranos board member… long-time lawyer of Hillary and Bill Clinton and Weinstein, one David Boies. So this woman… some blonde lady with the last name of Newsom, cold calls me and is like, “David Boies wants to know what it would take to make you happy.”

‘I don’t know if it would be fiscal numeration. I don’t know. Absolutely nothing would make me happy.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to Newsom’s office and to Boies Schiller Flexner LLP seeking comment.

McGowan on Sunday is set to appear alongside Larry Elder, the Republican  talk show host, who is seeking to unseat Newsom in Tuesday’s recall election. Recent polls show Newsom, a Democrat, comfortably ahead in deep-blue California. 

McGowan on Thursday posted a video on her Twitter feed blasting Newsom and his wife as ‘frauds.’

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is the sister of Melissa Siebel Schiller, who is married to Joshua Irwin Schiller, the son of Jonathan D. Schiller. Joshua Schiller is also a practicing lawyer with his father’s firm. Melissa Siebel Schiller (right) and her husband, Joshua Schiller (left), are seen above in New York City in 2007

McGowan correctly noted the family connection between the governor and the law firm run by the attorney representing Weinstein

‘I have the receipts. I wish I didn’t. I wish you were all real. I wish you really did help, but you don’t and you’re on the side of wrong,’ McGowan said. 

‘I hope this recall goes through because California does not need you,’ McGowan says in the clip. ‘The nation does not need you.

‘The world does not need you. We do not need you.’ 

It was reported on Saturday that the governor and #MeToo champion Newsom accepted an expensive bottle of wine from Boies, the lawyer hired to represent Weinstein and dig up dirt on the women who accused him of sexual assault.

Boies, a Democratic superlawyer, gave Newsom the $300 bottle of wine weeks after Boies led a smear campaign against Weinstein’s accusers, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Boies helps run prestigious law firm Boies Schiller Flexner, which has also hit the headlines this weekend over a raft of staff departures linked to its work with Weinstein, Theranos founder Elizabeth Smart, and claims of nepotism linked to co-founder Jonathan Schiller’s two sons. 

The firm has denied claims of impropriety. 

While others cut ties with Boies because of his work with the disgraced Hollywood producer, Newsom accepted the pricey gift on December 8, 2017, more than a month after reports revealed the lawyer worked to discredit Weinstein’s alleged victims.

The gift is set to reignite accusations that Newsom’s wife helped Boies try to squash negative stories about Weinstein.

Despite McGowan’s allegations, Jennifer herself accused Weinstein of behaving inappropriately with her at a film festival years before the allegations against the 69-year-old came to light.

‘I was naïve, new to the industry, and didn’t know how to deal with his aggressive advances,’ she penned in a column for the Huffington Post, which also slammed ‘the entire engine of Harvey Weinstein’s business and legal machines’ for working to silence victims.

Weinstein is pictured in 2016, the year before he was brought down by the #MeToo scandal and faced 11 additional sex crimes while already serving 23 years in New York 

Two months later Newsom accepted the bottle of wine. 

In April, prosecutors in Marin County, California dropped a domestic violence misdemeanor charge against Joshua Schiller.

On the night of January 14, Joshua Schiller, 40, was arrested for an alleged incident involving him and his wife, Melissa Siebel Schiller.

Siebel Schiller’s injuries were described as minor and not requiring medical attention, according to KTVU-TV.

Joshua Schiller took a months-long leave of absence from the law firm after the arrest.

His attorney said at the time that the incident was a misunderstanding.

‘We are clearly pleased, though not surprised, by the decision to drop the charge in light of the facts and circumstances,’ Joshua Schiller’s attorney, Douglas Horngrad, told Law.com. 

Jennifer also championed the #MeToo movement along with her husband, who has claimed to be a dedicated ally. 

Newsom called it ‘a cultural movement, not a political movement’ while campaigning in Sacramento in 2018, though he was at the center of his own sex scandal as mayor of San Francisco. 

He admitted to having an affair in February 2007 when he separated from his first wife Kimberly Guilfoyle with his subordinate Ruby Rippey-Tourk, who was also the wife of his chief campaign advisor. 

Rippey-Tourk worked as Newsom’s appointment secretary. Her husband, Alex Tourk, resigned from Newsom’s campaign after he found out about their relationship. 

Guilfoyle went on to become a Fox News host, and is now in a relationship with Donald Trump Jr.  

Newsom said of the affair in Sacramento: ‘I acknowledged it. I apologized for it. I learned an enormous amount from it. We were very open and honest about it… And I am, every day, trying to be a champion and a model.’

A decade after the affair the now-governor is up for recall after the petition to remove him from office following ‘laws he endorsed favor foreign nationals, in our country illegally, over that of our own citizens…the highest taxes in the nation, the highest homelessness rates and the lowest quality of life as a result,’ according to the petitioners’ grievances.

 A decade after the affair the now-governor is up for recall after the petition to remove him from office. The recall election ends Tuesday, September 14

‘He has imposed sanctuary state status and fails to enforce immigration laws. He unilaterally over-ruled the will of the people regarding the death penalty. He seeks to impose additional burdens on our state by the following; removing the protections of Proposition 13, rationing our water use, increasing taxes and restricting parental rights,’ it added. 

People behind the recall effort have slated Newsom over the Golden State’s draconian COVID restrictions, which went on longer than any other US state.

He outraged voters after dining inside at the ultra-exclusive French Laundry restaurant in November 2020, while urging Californians to stay out of restaurants.

And Newsom faced further accusations of being an out-of-touch hypocrite after admitting his kids had returned to in-person lessons at their private school in October 2020, while many Californian public school districts refused to do so.

Newsom has raised $70million for his campaign, and is widely expected to survive the September 14 recall effort.

Elder, who has pledged to take a far more libertarian attitude to governing should he win, is the candidate seen as the most likely to unseat Newsom should the polls prove wrong.  

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