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

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

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

One of the women accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape has released an unsettling video from a business meeting she once had with him.

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 says she was expecting to meet with the Weinstein Company's marketing team, but instead found herself in a room with just Weinstein himself.

Near the beginning of the meeting Weinstein is heard asking Thompson "Am I allowed to flirt with you?", to which she replied "We'll see". In the video, she noticeably squirms and says "that's a little high". "It's okay, would you like to do it some more?" When she arrived however, she soon found herself alone in Weinstein's office where the producer then asked for privacy and locked the door behind them.

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.

In a lawsuit filed in June, Thompson said Weinstein raped her that evening at a hotel.

Instead, Thompson says, he took her to his hotel room where he raped her.

Thompson is clearly uncomfortable throughout the video, at one place telling Weinstein his hands were moving too far up her leg.

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.

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

The footage, which has never been broadcast before, shows him hugging, touching and making sexually suggestive comments to 28-year-old Melissa Thompson.

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". At first I was kind of trying to manage the situation.

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

"Inspection will reveal that the evidence before the grand jury amply supported the offenses charged, that the grand jury was properly instructed on the law, and that the integrity of the proceedings was unimpaired, and the People deny all allegations to the contrary, and oppose disclosure of the grand jury minutes to the defense", the filing in New York Supreme Court adds. "It was produced by Ms Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money".

"This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr Weinstein for financial gain, and we will not stand for it".

"If I tried to fight myself away from him, he would more around to block me in somewhere and he's a big individual".

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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