Column: The bravery of Jennifer Siebel Newsom facing Harvey Weinstein — and facing us all
Jennifer Siebel Newsom faces Harvey Weinstein. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images
The courage of Jennifer Siebel Newsom in confronting Harvey Weinstein is a sign of the power of #MeToo. She is fighting for everyone, everywhere, by going public with her story. Like so many others, she is fighting for the human rights of survivors of sexual harassment. Her courage is inspiring. She will not be silent.
On Monday, Siebel Newsom announced she was joining forces with the survivors of sexual misconduct, the women who have suffered harassment or assault, to speak out about #MeToo. Siebel Newsom — who has faced multiple allegations of sexual assault in her years working in the entertainment industry — is taking on the Weinstein Company.
The Harvey Weinstein Company has not only been accused, but stands accused of complicity in the crimes detailed in three New York Times exposés and the recent New Yorker story written by Ronan Farrow.
The women at the Weinstein Company know that they won’t be able to fully understand what has happened at the company — its culture, and its failures to address serious allegations made by a string of women — without seeing Weinstein himself. But they know that the allegations against him are so grave that they can no longer be ignored or dismissed. By publicly coming out to defend the victims and to tell a story that will no longer be ignored, Siebel Newsom is challenging the status quo at a time when the power structures of power are still largely in place.
It can be hard for women to feel that they have the power to make change, and it can be hard for powerful men to understand the power they have to be held accountable for the actions and behaviors of those around them. I think it would have been extremely hard for Harvey Weinstein to understand the power he has over Siebel Newsom, to see her as an ally who is speaking out, but instead, he felt that she would not respect him and