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13 September 2018, 06:11 | Myron Mathis
New Video Shows Harvey Weinstein Inappropriately Touching Rape Accuser
Sky News has published a video of Harvey Weinstein and Melissa Thompson during a business meeting. It was filmed when she was 28-years-old, in 2011 during a meeting at The Weinstein Company offices in NY where she was pitching her company to the Hollywood mogul. 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. According to a new interview with Sky News, Thompson alleges Weinstein put his hand "up under the table up my dress", which is not seen on camera.
At one point, she jokes: "Data's so hot right now".
In the video, Weinstein eventually agrees to use Thompson's service. "Brafman says, ". 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".
Weinstein has been charged in NY with assaulting three women, but not Thompson.
Throughout the rest of the meeting, Weinstein sexually harasses Thompson, running his hand up her leg at one point.
AFP reached out to Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman for comment but there was no immediate response. "It's okay. Would you like to do it some more?"
Thompson, then 28, responds: "Ummm we'll see, a little bit".
"(I was) trying to manage the situation", she said. Weinstein ignored it, instead grabbing the woman in a hug and rubbing her back.
"A little bit", she tells him in the video. "It's not bad", he says as he rubs her back.
At the end of the meeting, they arranged to meet in the lobby of the Tribeca Grand Hotel. I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned.
"Anything short of that is meant to make Mr. Weinstein appear inappropriate and even exploitative", lawyer Ben Brafman said. I worked in Wall Street before I went to business school, and I worked in an environment that was heavily male dominated...
She told Sky News she wanted to keep the conversation professional and politely pushed back at his advances while also trying to preserve the deal.
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 past year. "I thought I could handle it, I had never met anyone that I couldn't handle... until Harvey Weinstein".
Meantime, prosecutors in the criminal case filed papers Wednesday challenging defense claims that they withheld evidence from a grand jury that could have helped Weinstein deny the allegations, including emails proving he had a consensual relationship with one of the alleged victims. Instead, he brought her to a hotel room where he allegedly raped her.
Claiming that the video tried to malign Weinstein for financial gain, Barfman said facts mattered.
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