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

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

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

Apparently, Thompson had visited The Weinstein Company offices in NY to make a business pitch for her company's services and had recorded their meeting as part of the demo. A few hours after, at his hotel room a few blocks away, Thompson said Weinstein raped her. 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. When she replies, "we'll see, a little bit", Weinstein says he won't. At one point, he directly harasses her, saying, "Let me having a little part of you. And that I need this deal from him and he has the power to give it to me".

Later Weinstein placed his hand on Thompson's leg and ran his hand up her skirt. "A little high. That's a little high".

Thompson is one of more than 70 women, primarily from young actresses and women employed in the film industry, who has accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including harassment and rape.

He can then be seen rubbing Thompson's shoulder as the two sit next to each other in front of her computer, which appears to be the device Thompson used to record the encounter.

Thompson told Sky News that she did feel she ever encouraged Weinstein's advances and felt that he was playing a game of "cat and mouse" with her to test her limits and identify her vulnerabilities.

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Out on $1 million bail after having plead not guilty to the first round of indictment and having surrendered his passport earlier this summer, Weinstein is set to be back in Justice Burke's Manhattan courtroom on September 20. In an interview with Sky, she said he would go from "almost pulling a trigger on using" her service, and then he would put his hand under the table and up her dress.

"It wasn't an invitation to go to his hotel room". "How did I get myself here?" she added. "He cornered me over and over again", Thompson said.

"I never met anyone that I couldn't handle until Harvey Weinstein", she said. If he made a comment, I would try to catch it and return it in a way that felt a little safer than the way he threw it at me.

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 USA media outlets reported. The recording and alleged rape are reportedly being used as part of a civil suit against Weinstein. "It was produced by Ms Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money".

When she arrived to the hotel, Thompson said, Weinstein lead her away from the lobby and into the hotel; she believed he was taking her to a conference room. "This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr Weinstein for financial gain and we will not stand for it. Facts do matter".

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