Video shows Harvey Weinstein coming on to woman hours before alleged rape

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

Melissa Thompson says she went to meet Mr Weinstein at his NY offices in 2011 as a representative for a tech start-up that was pitching online video services.

Thompson said she later met Weinstein at a nearby hotel bar, where she said she expected to close the technology deal.

A television network has aired video of Harvey Weinstein fondling a woman who accused him of rape. Back in June, Thompson gave this interview to NBC News in which she mentions the video and even offered NBC a screengrab from it.

In the roughly 8-minute video shown on the Sky News website, Weinstein can be seen maneuvering Thompson's attempted handshake into a hug, during which he says, "that's nice".

In the video, Weinstein eventually agrees to use Thompson's service.

Weinstein's lawyer told Sky that when the video is viewed in context, "it demonstrates that there is nothing forceful, but casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties".

Seventy five women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault and he has been charged in NY for sexually assaulting three women.

In the video, Thompson is polite and friendly with Weinstein, but at one point he reportedly touched her leg off-camera.

"It is hot", Weinstein says. "It's okay, would you like to do it some more?" he can be heard saying.

"That's a little high", she says in the video.

"I was trying to save face a bit ... trying to manage the situation". Instead, she says she was asked to follow Weinstein upon arriving at the hotel to what she thought would be a conference room, but was actually his private hotel room. "How did I get myself here?" she added.

In the footage, Weinstein invites Thompson to join him at the Tribeca Grand Hotel lobby restaurant. I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned.

Thompson, who had previously worked on Wall Street, rejected suggestions that she encouraged Weinstein's behavior.

"We believe that the People's response in its entirety makes it absolutely clear that the case against Mr. Weinstein can not be successfully prosecuted", said Brafman in a statement to Deadline. "We don't have to live with being raped when we think we're going to a business meeting". "I thought I could handle it".

Meantime, prosecutors are challenging Weinstein's attorneys' claims that they hid evidence from the jury that could have helped the disgraced filmmaker deny his sexual assault allegations, including one email in which an alleged victim wrote, "I love you, always do". "It was produced by Ms. Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money". The next hearing in the case is scheduled for 20 September. "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. 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.



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