Weinstein caresses woman during meeting hours before she says he raped her

Danny Woods
September 14, 2018

One of Harvey Weinstein's accusers has released video of an encounter showing his inappropriate behavior before he allegedly raped her.

In the video published by Sky News, Weinstein appears to be having a business meeting with Melissa Thompson, during which the former Weinstein Company chief can be seen repeatedly touching the woman's back and stoking her arm.

Sky News obtained the video of a 2011 meeting at The Weinstein Company offices in Manhattan between Weinstein and Melissa Thompson, who worked for a tech startup at the time and was pitching him an analytics product. In her jury seeking action, Thompson says that Weinstein raped her later than day in a almost hotel.

The video, which only captures the two from the waist up, doesn't show Weinstein's hands at that point, but does show Thompson reacting with discomfort and telling Weinstein, "That's too high".

And Weinstein in response says: "It is hot".

Near the beginning of the meeting Weinstein is heard asking Thompson "Am I allowed to flirt with you?", to which she replied "We'll see". Give it to me. "That's a little high".

Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women in NY but not Thompson, according to the AP.

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

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At the end of the footage, Weinstein invites Thompson for a drink a few hours later at the Tribeca Grand Hotel (now called The Roxy).

Thompson tells Sky News that at one point in the meeting Weinstein reached his hand under the desk and put it under Thompson's skirt.

"It wasn't an invitation to go to his hotel room".

"If I would try to fight myself away from him, he would then move around to a place where he could block me in", Thompson said. I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned. "He corned me, over and over again".

Instead, she alleges, he lured her to his hotel room, where he raped her. They include: film actress Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah; "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992; and the Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.

Thompson was part of a class action lawsuit against Weinstein filed in June in which she claimed the producer began to harass and fondle her, several United States media outlets reported. "I thought I could handle it, I had never met anyone that I couldn't handle... until Harvey Weinstein". Thompson is a major player in the class action lawsuit against the fallen producer. "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.

So far, over 80 women have accused the producer of sexual misconduct, assault or rape.

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