She Says Business Meeting With Weinstein Ended in Rape

Part of the meeting was caught on video
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 12, 2018 6:09 PM CDT
FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. A television network has aired video of Harvey...   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – A video of Harvey Weinstein caressing and propositioning a woman who accused him of rape aired on television Wednesday, the AP reports. Melissa Thompson, who sued Weinstein in June, said she made the recording, shown by Sky News, while demonstrating video technology for the movie mogul-turned-#MeToo villain at his New York City office in 2011. Weinstein is seen on the video rejecting a handshake from Thompson and then hugging her instead and rubbing her back. He then caresses her shoulder as they sit side-by-side in front of her laptop computer during what was supposed to be a business presentation. At one point he tells her: "Let me have a little part of you. Can you give it to me?" After quickly agreeing to use the technology to promote his movies, Thompson said Weinstein put his hand up her dress.

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. That's too high." It also shows her joking about his advances, saying that "data is hot." Sky News aired only portions of the video. Weinstein's lawyer said the full video "demonstrates that there is nothing forceful" and shows "casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties." In an interview with Sky News, Thompson said Weinstein's behavior was distracting and she struggled to stay "on script" with the product pitch. She said his affect changed from the start of the meeting, that his eyes had darkened and he "looked like a predator." Thompson said she later met Weinstein at a nearby hotel bar, where she said she expected to close the technology deal. She said Weinstein led her to a hotel room and raped her.

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