Weinstein accuser reveals video of apparent harassment


Released through an exclusive story by Sky News, the footage shows Weinstein touching and making sexually suggestive comments to Melissa Thompson, who was at Weinstein's offices in NY for a business meeting in 2011. Thompson, who was 28-years-old at the time, met the co-founder of the Weinstein company and Hollywood producer to pitch the idea to him.

Just hours later, Weinstein allegedly raped her in his hotel room, the woman told Sky News. In it the video, the professional meeting takes on an air of predation nearly immediately, as Weinstein touches Thompson inappropriately and asks her inappropriate questions.

After agreeing to use the technology to promote his movies, Thompson says Weinstein put his hand up her dress.

At one point in the extended video, Thompson turned the computer to capture the side of the room near the kitchen, after Weinstein gestured her there.

The video hasn't been posted on YouTube yet but you can view it here at Sky News.

Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women in NY but not Thompson, according to the AP.

She reportedly claimed in court documents that Weinstein tried unsuccessfully to force her to perform oral sex on him before he pushed her on the bed and raped her. Instead, she says she was asked to follow Weinstein upon arriving at the hotel to what she thought would be a conference room, but was actually his private hotel room.

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"Defendant moves to dismiss the indictment or counts thereof on various grounds of alleged defect or deficiency in the presentation of the matter to the grand jury", said Cyrus Vance Jr's office on Wednesday in a response to a sprawling and politically charged August 3 motion to dismiss from Weinstein's primary attorney Ben Brafman. If he made 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. She told Sky News she was expecting that this would be a follow-up meeting to close the deal. "I thought I could handle it".

Along the way, she said, he rebuffed her attempts to fight or get away.

Throughout the rest of the meeting, Weinstein sexually harasses Thompson, running his hand up her leg at one point. "He cornered me, over and over again".

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

As seen in the video, Weinstein expressed genuine interest in the product she was pitching and indicated that her pitch had been successful. "It was produced by Ms Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money".

The meeting goes on like that from there.

So far, over 80 women have accused the producer of sexual misconduct, assault or rape. "This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr Weinstein for financial gain and we will not stand for it. Facts do matter".