Melissa Thompson's video shows Harvey Weinstein chatting her up before 'rape'

Harvey Weinstein Accuser Releases Video of Creepy Business Meeting Before Alleged Rape

Thompson is a plaintiff in the class action suit against Weinstein, and back in June spoke to NBC News about her experience with Weinstein. The sexual assault survivor released a recording, shown by Sky News that was filmed in 2011.

Video footage emerged Wednesday showing disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein apparently sexually harassing a woman who subsequently accused him of rape.

Melissa Thompson filmed the meeting with the Hollywood producer when she went to the Weinstein Company offices in NY in 2011.

"Defendant moves to dismiss the indictment or counts thereof on various grounds of alleged defect or deficiency in the presentation of the matter to the grand jury", said Cyrus Vance Jr's office on Wednesday in a response to a sprawling and politically charged August 3 motion to dismiss from Weinstein's primary attorney Ben Brafman. "Give it to me", he says in the video.

Ms Thompson offers a handshake, Weinstein pushes her hand out of the way and hugs her, running his hands up and down her back and murmuring "that's nice, let's keep it up". He then asks "So am I allowed to flirt with you?" "We don't have to live with being raped when we think we're going to a business meeting", Thompson said.

From there, things only go from bad to worse as Thompson attempts to pitch her service, but Weinstein continues to make advances, touching her inappropriately and making suggestive remarks.

While pitching her product, she appeared to make a joke about data being hot right now. She agrees, and told Sky that it felt safer than being alone in his office.

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".

At the end of the meeting, they arranged to meet in the lobby of the Tribeca Grand Hotel.

According to The Associated Press, she filed a lawsuit in June, saying that he'd raped her that night at a hotel. That's where Thompson says Weinstein raped her.

Thompson, then 28, responds: "Ummm we'll see, a little bit".

In a statement, Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman said: "The video, when viewed in its entirety, in context and not in select excerpts, demonstrates that there is nothing forceful, but casual - if not awkward - flirting from both parties ..."

"I never met anyone that I couldn't handle until Harvey Weinstein", she added.

Weinstein, who wasn't even supposed to be at the meeting, denies that any non-consensual act took place.

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 U.S. media outlets reported.

The two other women in that specific lawsuit claim Weinstein battered and assaulted them in hotel rooms during incidents dating back to the nineties. "This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr. Weinstein for financial gain, and we will not stand for it. Facts do matter". Instead, he brought her to a hotel room where he allegedly raped her.



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