Harvey Weinstein caught on video harassing his rape accuser
Harvey Weinstein caught on video harassing his rape accuser
New Video Shows Harvey Weinstein Inappropriately Touching Rape Accuser
14 September, 2018, 01:15
Released through an exclusive story by Sky News, the footage showsWeinstein touching and making sexually suggestive comments to Melissa Thompson, who was at Weinstein's offices in NY for a business meeting in 2011.
In 2011, Thompson said she met Weinstein at the Weinstein Company office in NY to pitch her tech start-up's services.
In the video Weinstein asks Thompson if she would meet him later for a drink in a hotel lobby, to which she agreed, with Thompson saying she believed this was to close the deal.
Harvey Weinstein is seen getting handsy and flirting with a woman in a new video. the same woman accusing him of rape.
After agreeing to use the technology to promote his movies, Thompson says Weinstein put his hand up her dress.
But Ben Brafman, a lawyer representing Weinstein, said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press that the video "demonstrates that there is nothing forceful" and shows "casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties".
Harvey Weinstein is escorted in handcuffs into the State Supreme Court after on Monday for arraignment on charges alleging he committed a sex crime against a third woman on 9 July 2018 in New York City. She said Weinstein led her to a hotel room and raped her.
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"It is hot, you're hot", Weinstein replies. "How did I get myself here?" she added. "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 says, cordially shoving Weinstein. "It was an invitation to come to a hotel lobby that was within blocks of the office and so that to me felt much safer than being alone with him in his office", she said. I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned.
"We believe that the People's response in its entirety makes it absolutely clear that the case against Mr. Weinstein can not be successfully prosecuted", said Brafman in a statement to Deadline.
As seen in the video, Weinstein expressed genuine interest in the product she was pitching and indicated that her pitch had been successful.
Thompson's rape allegation is part of a class action lawsuit against the former Hollywood producer, whose career was toppled by a series of rape, sexual assault and harassment allegations previous year. "We don't have to live with being raped when we think we're going to a business meeting".
"Any suggestion of sexual misconduct is false".
Meantime, prosecutors in the criminal case filed papers Wednesday challenging defense claims that they withheld evidence from a grand jury that could have helped Weinstein deny the allegations, including emails proving he had a consensual relationship with one of the alleged victims.
"This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr Weinstein for financial gain, and we will not stand for it", he said.
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