Newly Released Video Shows Harvey Weinstein Groping One of His Accusers

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     WEINSTEIN unearthed video from 2011 appears to show the film mogul proposition a woman

Sky News WEINSTEIN unearthed video from 2011 appears to show the film mogul proposition a woman

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

Sky News obtained the video of a 2011 meeting at The Weinstein Company offices in Manhattan between Weinstein and Melissa Thompson, who worked for a tech startup at the time and was pitching him an analytics product.

In the video Weinstein asks Thompson if she would meet him later for a drink in a hotel lobby, to which she agreed, with Thompson saying she believed this was to close the deal.

One of Harvey Weinstein's accusers has released video of an encounter showing his inappropriate behavior before he allegedly raped her.

The video, which only captures the two from the waist up, doesn't show Weinstein's hands at that point, but does show Thompson reacting with discomfort and telling Weinstein, "That's too high". When Thompson reaches out her hand to shake with Weinstein, he swats it aside and instead embraces her in a long, uncomfortable looking hug and intimately runs his hands up and down her back.

From there, things only go from bad to worse as Thompson attempts to pitch her service, but Weinstein continues to make advances, touching her inappropriately and making suggestive remarks.

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

Instead it recorded an excruciating encounter with the man who now faces criminal charges of sexual assault in a NY court, as well as scores... She felt safe that it was at a lobby near his office, instead of his hotel room.

It was at this later meeting that Thompson alleges she was raped by the Hollywood executive.

"That's nice, let's keep it up", Weinstein says. I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned. "I thought I could handle it".

Thompson is shown mildly flirting back and touching his shoulder, but she said she was "trying to save face" and manage the situation. Thompson says, cordially shoving Weinstein.

The recorded footage and the alleged rape are both part of a class action lawsuit against Mr Weinstein.

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

Thompson told the outlet she had difficulty staying "on script" during her demonstration with Weinstein. "We don't have to live with things that are illegal and abusive". "It was produced by Ms Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money".

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

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. "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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