Published: Thu, September 13, 2018

Video shows Weinstein caressing woman before alleged rape

Video shows Weinstein caressing woman before alleged rape

A video of Harvey Weinstein aired on television Wednesday showing him boldly propositioning a woman who later accused him of rape and repeatedly touching her and stroking her arm and back during what was supposed to have been a business meeting.

In the footage obtained by Sky News, Weinstein hugs and makes sexually suggestive comments to 28-year-old Melissa Thompson during the meeting in 2011.

In 2011, Thompson said she met Weinstein at the Weinstein Company office in NY to pitch her tech start-up's services.

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

"Defendant moves to dismiss the indictment or counts thereof on various grounds of alleged defect or deficiency in the presentation of the matter to the grand jury", said Cyrus Vance Jr's office on Wednesday in a response to a sprawling and politically charged August 3 motion to dismiss from Weinstein's primary attorney Ben Brafman.

On the video he says: "Let me have a little part of you". In the video, she noticeably squirms and says "that's a little high". I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned.

Weinstein sits down and asks: "So am I allowed to flirt with you?" Later footage shows Thompson re-adjusting the angle of her laptop so that she and Weinstein would remain on camera even as he beckoned her to a different part of the room.

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, Weinstein allegedly led her to his hotel room where she says he raped her.

Thompson also rejected critics who said she encouraged Weinstein's behavior.

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". The sexual assault survivor released a recording, shown by Sky News that was filmed in 2011.

Thompson thought that she would be meeting with the marketing team.

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

"I never met anyone that I couldn't handle until Harvey Weinstein", she added. She tried to fight him and get away from him along the way but he kept blocking her way.

"We believe that the People's response in its entirety makes it absolutely clear that the case against Mr. Weinstein can not be successfully prosecuted", said Brafman in a statement to Deadline.

Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women in NY but not Thompson, according to the AP. "It was produced by Ms. Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money". I worked in Wall Street before I went to business school, and I worked in an environment that was heavily male dominated... "This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr. Weinstein for financial gain, and we will not stand for it".

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. They said the secret grand jury documents provided to the judge were enough to show they presented evidence "fairly and in a manner that was not misleading".

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