Video Shows Harvey Weinstein Behaving Inappropriately With Woman During Business Meeting

Brenda Watkins
September 13, 2018

New video, via Sky News, has surfaced of Harvey Weinstein behaving inappropriately with a woman during a September 2011 business meeting in the The Weinstein Company offices in New York City.

Weinstein has been charged in NY with assaulting three women, but not Thompson. Also in June, the website the Blast published a still image, pulled from a recording, of a meeting between Thompson and Weinstein in which the producer was said to have groped her. Only portions of the video from 2011 were aired on the British TV network Wednesday. Dozens more women have accused him of sexual misconduct, assault, and rape.

Apparently, Thompson had visited The Weinstein Company offices in NY to make a business pitch for her company's services and had recorded their meeting as part of the demo. Thompson says she was expecting to meet with the Weinstein Company's marketing team, but instead found herself in a room with just Weinstein himself.

Thompson says that after agreeing to use the technology to promote his movies, Weinstein put his hand up her dress. "We don't have to live with being raped when we think we're going to a business meeting".

At one point, she jokes: "Data's so hot right now". Sky News also reports that he locked the door at this time.

He then asked her if he could flirt with her and she replied: "Ummm we'll see, a little bit".

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

Melissa Thompson is one of the three women who filed a class-action lawsuit against Weinstein in June, accusing him of uninvited sexual conduct in various forms. She ended up in Weinstein's hotel room, where Weinstein raped her despite her attempts to get away, Thompson alleged.

Thompson appears visibly uncomfortable and begins to squirm, saying, "A little bit - a little high, that's a little high, that's a little high".

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In an interview with Sky News, Thompson said Weinstein's behaviour was distracting and she struggled to stay "on script" with the product pitch.

"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". "Brafman says, ". 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".

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

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

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

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.

Weinstein is due back in court in Manhattan Sept. 20.

"It wasn't an invitation to go to his hotel room".

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

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