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

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

A new video of a business meeting between Harvey Weinstein and a woman who has accused him of raping her shows him hitting on the woman and appearing to touch her inappropriately - just hours before the accuser says he raped her in a hotel room.

Thompson said she later met Weinstein at a nearby hotel bar where she expected to close the technology deal.

The women suing Weinstein - Caitlin Dulany, Larissa Gomes and Melissa Thompson - filed the lawsuit on behalf of "hundreds of other females like them" who were subject to "unwanted sexual conduct" from Weinstein "that took many forms: flashing, groping, fondling, harassing, battering, false imprisonment, sexual assault, attempted rape, and/or completed rape".

The video doesn't show the alleged incident - it only captures the two from the waist up - but does appear to show Thompson reacting with discomfort and telling Weinstein: "That's too high".

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

As part of the demo, she recorded the meeting. Give it to me.

As seen in the video, Weinstein expressed genuine interest in the product she was pitching and indicated that her pitch had been successful.

"A little high, a little high, that's a little high, that's a little high", Thompson replies.

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Seventy five women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault and he has been charged in NY for sexually assaulting three women.

Thompson is shown mildly flirting back and touching his shoulder, but she said she was "trying to save face" and manage the situation. I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned. She told Sky News, "I worked in Wall Street before I went to business school, and I worked in an environment that was heavily male dominated..."

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).

Weinstein's lawyer told Sky that when the video is viewed in context, "it demonstrates that there is nothing forceful, but casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties".

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. Thompson says, cordially shoving Weinstein.

She reportedly claimed in court documents that Weinstein tried unsuccessfully to force her to perform oral sex on him before he pushed her on the bed and raped her.

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 U.S. media outlets reported. "I thought I could handle it". "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".

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


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