Column: The bravery of Jennifer Siebel Newsom facing Harvey Weinstein — and facing us all — is no small thing.
If you’re not a fan of California’s Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General, Gavin Newsom, you should know that he’s been on a journey to confront a particularly difficult issue.
Jennifer Siebel has never let a controversy get in the way of her goals, and she’s never backed down from a fight.
The issue is one of power — and the willingness to stand up for what she believes in.
Siebel is not alone in these times, as the story of what’s happened with Harvey Weinstein unfolds.
It’s one of the most difficult and most important challenges we’ll have to answer, and one that is personal to Jennifer.
There have been some brave women stepping up, from former NBC News anchor Matt Lauer to Hollywood stars Megyn Kelly and Rose McGowan.
And in New Orleans last night, a woman became the first person to accuse Republican U.S. Senator of Louisiana, Mary Landrieu, of sexual harassment.
But there are others who have been left behind.
The list of men and women in Hollywood who have been harassed, then silenced by powerful men who can do whatever they like is impressive even in these troubling times.
But Jennifer knows that there will be powerful men who don’t have her spine.
Jennifer is going to the U.N.
And she’s ready to use her power to fight for those who have been silenced.
The Times talked with Siebel Friday to hear why she wanted to take Weinstein to the United Nations on Tuesday night, why she wants Weinstein removed from his position as executive chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, and why she has a plan for what’s to come.
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The first question she asked me was why she wanted Weinstein to go before the United Nations, and why I wanted her onboard with me.
“A lot of organizations, including the United Nations, have been silent on these [harming] issues, and I can’t take that,” she said, because “we have a system that is broken.
Jennifer Siebel speaks at the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.
She wants the