Video shows Weinstein caressing woman before alleged rape

Video shows Weinstein caressing woman before alleged rape

Video shows Weinstein caressing woman before alleged rape

Harvey Weinstein is escorted in handcuffs into the State Supreme Court after on Monday for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman on 9 July 2018 in New York City.

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.

The video hasn't been posted on YouTube yet but you can view it here at Sky News.

In the video, she can be heard telling Weinstein: "Data's so hot, right?"

Released through an exclusive story by Sky News, the footage shows Weinstein touching and making sexually suggestive comments to Melissa Thompson, who was at Weinstein's offices in NY for a business meeting in 2011. In the video, she noticeably squirms and says "that's a little high".

The frankly disturbing footage, shows Weinstein acting incredibly inappropriate, propositioning the woman, and caressing her.

"Um we'll see, a little bit", Thompson replies. I worked in Wall Street before I went to business school, and I worked in an environment that was heavily male dominated... "If I would try to fight myself away from him, he would then move around to where he could block me in somewhere, and he's a big individual", Thompson said, adding: "I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned".

As detailed previously in her class action suit with Larissa Gomes and Caitlin Dulany, the video (watch the full Sky segment here) shot on Thompson's laptop shows the now much accused producer being very touchy.

Thompson tells Sky News that at one point in the meeting Weinstein reached his hand under the desk and put it under Thompson's skirt.

At one point he asks her: "Let me have a little part of you".

At the end of the meeting, Thompson and Weinstein made arrangements to meet at a nearby hotel lobby later that night.

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.

When asked if she "might have encouraged him", Thompson replied, "I don't think I purposely encouraged him".

But Ben Brafman, a lawyer representing Weinstein, said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press that the video "demonstrates that there is nothing forceful" and shows "casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties". "He cornered me over and over again", Thompson said. "I thought I could handle it, I had never met anyone that I couldn't handle... until Harvey Weinstein".

"Anything short of that is meant to make Mr. Weinstein appear inappropriate and even exploitative", Brafman continued.

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 a year ago.

Claiming that the video tried to malign Weinstein for financial gain, Barfman said facts mattered.

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

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