A Harvey Weinstein accuser has released a video of him harassing her

Yolanda Curtis
September 14, 2018

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.

Just as video went public today of Harvey Weinstein seemingly sexual harassing a women in a business meeting, the attempts by the once high-powered producer to close down a criminal case that could see him behind bars for life was called out by the New York County District Attorney's office as "meritless" and that it "should be denied".

The shocking footage begins by showing Weinstein rejecting a handshake from Thompson and preceding to hug her and rubbing her back.

The meeting gets off to an very bad start as Weinstein brushes away a handshake and embraces Thompson in a hug, making long strokes down her back and saying "That's nice'".

Prosecutors argue they do not have the responsibility to turn over the emails because Weinstein could have given testimony about the alleged relationship himself, which he did not do. "Can you give it to me?" "It's okay, would you like to do it some more?"

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Throughout the meeting, Thompson is clearly trying to stick to her pitch even as Weinstein is running his hands on her arms. But after they met, that's where Weinstein led her anyway and that's where Thompson said he 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". In an interview with Sky, she said he would go from "almost pulling a trigger on using" her service, and then he would put his hand under the table and up her dress.

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".

Ms Thompson replies: "Ummm we'll see, a little bit".

"I was trying to save face a bit at first", Thompson told Sky News.

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"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. That is where she accuses him of raping her. Thompson is a major player in the class action lawsuit against the fallen producer.

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

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

"If I would try to fight myself away from him, he would then move around to a place where he could block me in", Thompson said.

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

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