Video shows Harvey Weinstein's hands-on encounter with rape accuser

Carla Harmon
September 14, 2018

Thompson began recording the meeting and was surprised when Weinstein himself showed up and immediately locked the door to the office behind him.

The footage, given to by United Kingdom -based Sky News, shows a 2011 meeting in New York City in which Melissa Thompson, then 28 years old, is pitching her web video and analytics start-up to the Hollywood producer for the Weinstein Company.

The video shows Melissa Thompson, one of three women now suing Weinstein for sexual assault, pitching her tech startup to the movie mogul at The Weinstein Company offices in 2011. Thompson says that she accepted Weinstein's offer in the hopes that it would help her close the business deal, and that she felt comfortable meeting Weinstein even after he touched her inappropriately because she believed it would be in a public space.

Melissa Thompson, who has previously publicly complained of abusive behaviour by Weinstein during a 2011 business meeting in NY, gave a tape of the encounter to Sky News.

"It is hot, you're hot", Weinstein replies.

At one point he asks her: "Let me have a little part of you. And that I need this deal from him and he has the power to give it to me".

She is seen watching the footage along with a Sky News reporter, and denies encouraging him, telling the channel: "I think there was a combination of confidence and naivety that led me to this dynamic that we see now, watching back". "A little high. That's a little high".

Thompson is one of three women who filed a lawsuit against Weinstein in June.

"If he would make 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".

Weinstein's lawyer says the full video "demonstrates that there is nothing forceful" and shows "casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties".

He is out on bail and has pleaded not guilty in NY to six counts allegedly committed against three women in 2004, 2006 and 2013.

Thompson told Sky News he then ran his hand up her skirt.

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).

"(I was) trying to manage the situation", she said. Thompson says, cordially shoving Weinstein. The then 28-year-old said she also recorded the interaction as part of her demo. "I thought I could handle it". "It was produced by Ms. Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money".

Sky News did not air the entire video. "I had never met anyone that I couldn't handle, until Harvey Weinstein", she said. "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. At one point, he appears genuinely interested in using her service, instructing her to tell her boss to sign him up.

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

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