Video shows Weinstein caressing woman before alleged rape

Angelo Anderson
September 13, 2018

Melissa Thompson is one of many women who have come forward to accuse now-disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and rape.

The 2011 meeting was part of a pitch by Thompson to get Weinstein to use her tech startup company, she said. Thompson told Sky News that Weinstein asked to meet her in the lobby of the Tribeca Hotel, not far from the offices, later that evening, for what she believed would be a meeting to close the deal. In it the video, the professional meeting takes on an air of predation nearly immediately, as Weinstein touches Thompson inappropriately and asks her inappropriate questions.

In an interview with Sky News, Thompson said Weinstein's behavior was distracting and she struggled to stay "on script" with the product pitch. Weinstein immediately brushes off Thompson's offer of a handshake and instead hugs her, his hand drifting down towards her waist as he rubs her back during the embrace.

At one point in the video, Thompson is explaining to Weinstein how she might be able to help his company promote its movies, but he interrupts her with what reads awfully like a blatant sexual proposition: "You just tell me what I can do and when it's going to happen", Weinstein says as Thompson smiles nervously.

The video hasn't been posted on YouTube yet but you can view it here at Sky News.

Weinstein's lawyer said the full video "demonstrates that there is nothing forceful" and shows "casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties". Thompson told Sky she was thinking of the initial encounter with Weinstein.

"Let me have a little part of you", he insists.

"(I was) trying to manage the situation", she said.

She is seen watching the footage along with a Sky News reporter, and denies encouraging him, telling the channel: "I think there was a combination of confidence and naivety that led me to this dynamic that we see now, watching back". "Can you give it to me?"

"Anything short of that is meant to make Mr. Weinstein appear inappropriate and even exploitative", lawyer Ben Brafman said. She told Sky News, "I worked in Wall Street before I went to business school, and I worked in an environment that was heavily male dominated..."

Thompson's rape allegation is part of a class action lawsuit against the former Hollywood producer, whose career was toppled by a series of rape, sexual assault and harassment allegations a year ago. "We don't have to live with things that are illegal and abusive". I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned. "This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr Weinstein for financial gain, and we will not stand for it. Facts do matter", the lawyer told People magazine. That's where Thompson says Weinstein raped her. She said she tried to keep the meeting professional, while politely refusing his advances and trying to make a deal.

Throughout the meeting, Weinstein continually makes suggestive comments toward Thompson. "But I hate feeling like a booty call", according to a defense motion to dismiss the case.

The two other women in that specific lawsuit claim Weinstein battered and assaulted them in hotel rooms during incidents dating back to the nineties.

US District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein expressed skepticism about the strength of allegations the men conspired to cover-up Weinstein's misdeeds by intimidating the women and gave their lawyer until October 31 to revise the complaint.

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