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

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

Melissa Thompson is one of many women who have come forward to accuse now-disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and rape.

Thompson is among three women now suing the megaproducer for alleged sexual assault.

He continues, "It (the video) was produced by Ms. Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money".

Video footage emerged Wednesday showing disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein apparently sexually harassing a woman who subsequently accused him of rape. Melissa Thompson, then 28, says that the meeting had been arranged to demo a video and analytics service that her tech start-up had developed with the company's marketing team.

Ms Thompson offers a handshake, Weinstein pushes her hand out of the way and hugs her, running his hands up and down her back and murmuring "that's nice, let's keep it up". "Am I allowed to flirt with you?" he asks near the beginning of the meeting. I worked in Wall Street before I went to business school, and I worked in an environment that was heavily male dominated...

While pitching her product, she appeared to make a joke about data being hot right now. She told Sky News she was expecting that this would be a follow-up meeting to close the deal. However, Thompson clearly looks discomfited telling Weinstein, "That's too high".

In the footage, Weinstein invites Thompson to join him at the Tribeca Grand Hotel lobby restaurant.

"That's a little high", she says in the video. According to a new interview with Sky News, Thompson alleges Weinstein put his hand "up under the table up my dress", which is not seen on camera.

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"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.

Weinstein's lawyer said the full video "demonstrates that there is nothing forceful" and shows "casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties". I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned. Anything short of that is meant to make Mr Weinstein appear inappropriate, and even exploitative.

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.

"I never met anyone that I couldn't handle until Harvey Weinstein", she added.

Weinsten has denied all nonconsensual sexual contact.

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

Out on $1 million bail after having plead not guilty to the first round of indictment and having surrendered his passport earlier this summer, Weinstein is set to be back in Justice Burke's Manhattan courtroom on September 20. They include: film actress Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997 in Utah; "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her NY apartment in 1992; and the Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, who said he attacked her in a London hotel room in 2008.


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