Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Video shows Harvey Weinstein inappropriately touching woman

Video shows Harvey Weinstein inappropriately touching woman

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

Weinstein then rejects Thompson's offer of a handshake and hugs her, rubbing her back. "Let me have a little part of you. Can you give it to me?"

Thompson thought that she would be meeting with the marketing team. At that point, Thompson says, "A little bit... a little high, that's a little high, that's a little high".

In the video, she can be heard telling Weinstein: "Data's so hot, right?"

Thompson told Sky News that she did feel she ever encouraged Weinstein's advances and felt that he was playing a game of "cat and mouse" with her to test her limits and identify her vulnerabilities.

Weinstein's lawyer says the full video "demonstrates that there is nothing forceful" and shows "casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties".

"Anything short of that is meant to make Mr. Weinstein appear inappropriate, and even exploitative", said Benjamin Brafman.

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 United States media outlets reported.

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

"At some point, his whole affect changed and he looked like a predator".

Thompson alleges that Weinstein raped her hours later at a nearby hotel. However, she said when she arrived, he led her up to her room and raped her.

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"If he would make 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".

Weinstein has been charged in NY with assaulting three women, but not Thompson. Thompson is not among them.

Thompson went on to describe how she worked on Wall Street, a male-dominated arena.

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

"At first I tried to volley a little bit with him. We don't have to live with being raped when we think we're going to a business meeting", Thompson said.

As well as the civil suits, Weinstein also faces criminal charges - he has denied all allegations. In one she wrote, "I love you, always do. But I hate feeling like a booty call", according to the defense. 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". The next hearing in the case is scheduled for 20 September.

I hope there's a special place in hell reserved for Weinstein's lawyer. Thompson says, cordially shoving Weinstein.

The survivor said she was only trying not to upset Weinstein who was a very powerful individual.

Harvey Weinstein attends an event on October 5, 2011 in NY.

Weinstein has been accused by dozens of women of a litany of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to rape. 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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