Video shows Weinstein caressing woman before alleged rape

Harvey Weinstein Accuser Releases Video of Creepy Business Meeting Before Alleged Rape

Harvey Weinstein Accuser Releases Video of Creepy Business Meeting Before Alleged Rape

Video footage emerged Wednesday showing disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein apparently sexually harassing a woman who subsequently accused him of rape.

Per Thompson, she had set up a meeting with Weinstein in 2011, when she was 28, at his company's offices in NY, to pitch him on working with her on advertising and marketing initiatives for films.

In the roughly 8-minute video shown on the Sky News website, Weinstein can be seen maneuvering Thompson's attempted handshake into a hug, during which he says, "that's nice".

Weinstein sits down and asks: "So am I allowed to flirt with you?"

"Let me have a little part of you", he replies.

"Now I see he's trying, in any way he can, to move me into that zone of comfortable then uncomfortable and confused, and vulnerable, and recognising that he's powerful and I'm not, and that I need this deal from him, and he has the power to give it to me".

"Um we'll see, a little bit", Thompson replies.

Thompson told Sky News that she was expecting to meet with The Weinstein Company's marketing team.

In a statement to Sky News, Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman says that the video of Thompson's meeting with Weinstein "demonstrates that there is nothing forceful, but casual if not awkward flirting from both parties". She said his affect changed from the start of the meeting, that his eyes had darkened and he "looked like a predator".

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"(I was) trying to manage the situation", she said. But she says when she met Weinstein around 10 pm, he asked her to follow him and led her straight up to his private room. There, Thompson says, Weinstein raped her.

At the end of the meeting, Weinstein can be heard asking Thompson to meet him for a drink at a hotel.

"Anything short of that is meant to make Mr. Weinstein appear inappropriate, and even exploitative", said Benjamin Brafman. "It was produced by Ms Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money".

"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. I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned.

Thompson went on to describe how she worked on Wall Street, a male-dominated arena.

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

Thompson told Sky News that she did feel she ever encouraged Weinstein's advances and felt that he was playing a game of "cat and mouse" with her to test her limits and identify her vulnerabilities. "I thought I could handle it, I had never met anyone that I couldn't handle... until Harvey Weinstein".

Thompson is a plaintiff in the class action suit against Weinstein, and back in June spoke to NBC News about her experience with Weinstein. "We don't have to live with being raped when we think we're going to a business meeting".

Out on $1 million bail after having plead not guilty to the first round of indictment and having surrendered his passport earlier this summer, Weinstein is set to be back in Justice Burke's Manhattan courtroom on September 20.

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