Secret Video Shows Harvey Weinstein’s Encounter With Rape Accuser
- Author: Gwendolyn Kim Sep 14, 2018,
Sep 14, 2018, 1:16
The video, which was recorded on Thompson's laptop, shows Weinstein entering the room and saying, "Hello Melissa Thompson", before avoiding her handshake and going in for a hug instead, running his hands down the entire length of her back.
In an interview with Sky News, Thompson said she believed the meeting would have been with a marketing team, but Weinstein requested the two meet alone and can be heard in the video telling off-camera staffers not to interrupt them.
"It is hot. You're hot", Weinstein replies. "So am I allowed to flirt with you?" he then asks, as they sit down and prepare to start the discussion. "And that I need this deal from him and he has the power to give it to me".
As seen in the video, Weinstein expressed genuine interest in the product she was pitching and indicated that her pitch had been successful. "A little high. That's a little high".
Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women in NY but not Thompson, according to the AP. "That's too high." However, the media mogul remained undeterred and kept stroking her arm, even claiming at one point that, "data is so hot, right".
Thompson told Sky News Weinstein was "playing a cat-and-mouse game from the very beginning to see how far he could push me, and what my reactions might be so that he could gauge how he would play with (me), where my levers were, what were my vulnerabilities".
Weinstein is due back in court in Manhattan Sept. 20.
In the footage, Weinstein invites Thompson to join him at the Tribeca Grand Hotel lobby restaurant.
She told Sky News Wednesday that he'd also touched her under the table.
"It wasn't an invitation to go to his hotel room".
"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".
Along the way, she said, he rebuffed her attempts to fight or get away. "He corned me, over and over again".
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 USA media outlets reported. "It was produced by Ms Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money". 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.
Claiming that the video tried to malign Weinstein for financial gain, Barfman said facts mattered. At one point, he appears genuinely interested in using her service, instructing her to tell her boss to sign him up.
"Any suggestion of sexual misconduct is false".