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Video Shows Harvey Weinstein Behaving Inappropriately With Woman During Business Meeting

Video Shows Harvey Weinstein Behaving Inappropriately With Woman During Business Meeting Video Shows Harvey Weinstein Behaving Inappropriately With Woman During Business Meeting
Stacy Diaz | 14 September, 2018, 01:14

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.

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.

A few hours afterwards, at a hotel nearby, Ms Thompson alleges that Weinstein raped her.

Sky News WEINSTEIN: unearthed video from 2011 appears to show the film mogul proposition a woman (Pic: Sky News) "That's too high".

Instead, the video shows Weinstein entering the room and saying, "Don't interrupt", to staff twice before locking the door behind him.

"What they shared with us is that the video, when viewed in its entirety, in context and not in select excerpts, demonstrates that there is nothing forceful, but casual - if not awkward - flirting from both parties". She thought he would close the technology deal over there; however, the situation spiraled out of her control when Weinstein invited her to his room.

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.

She told Sky News Wednesday that he'd also touched her under the table.

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. If he made 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. Back in June, Thompson gave this interview to NBC News in which she mentions the video and even offered NBC a screengrab from it. "He cornered me over and over again", Thompson said.

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 USA media outlets reported.

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

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. "We don't have to live with being raped when we think we're going to a business meeting", Thompson said.

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

Meantime, prosecutors are challenging Weinstein's attorneys' claims that they hid evidence from the jury that could have helped the disgraced filmmaker deny his sexual assault allegations, including one email in which an alleged victim wrote, "I love you, always do".

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