Video of Weinstein's hands-on meeting with rape accuser airs on Sky News

Video of Weinstein's hands-on meeting with rape accuser airs on Sky News

Thompson is a plaintiff in the class action suit against Weinstein, and back in June spoke to NBC News about her experience with Weinstein.

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". 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.

The meeting happened in 2011, where Melissa Thompson met with Weinstein in a hotel room to discuss Weinstein availing of her tech start-up's services.

AFP reached out to Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman for comment but there was no immediate response.

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 is then seen asking Thompson to meet for a drink at the Tribeca Grand. "We don't have to live with being raped when we think we're going to a business meeting", Thompson said.

Thompson is shown mildly flirting back and touching his shoulder, but she said she was "trying to save face" and manage the situation.

"Data's so hot", Thompson tells Weinstein in the video. She told Sky News, "I worked in Wall Street before I went to business school, and I worked in an environment that was heavily male dominated..."

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Ms Thompson said she was under the impression it was to close the deal but instead she claims he lured her to his room and raped her. She told Sky News that when she got to the hotel, Weinstein led her to his hotel room and raped her. There, Thompson says, Weinstein raped her.

Thompson recorded the meeting as part of the demo, and in the video obtained by Sky News, it's immediately clear that something is amiss.

"If I would try to fight myself away from him, he would then move around to a place where he could block me in", Thompson said.

Weinstein's lawyer says the full video "demonstrates that there is nothing forceful" and shows "casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties". I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned. "I thought I could handle it, I had never met anyone that I couldn't handle... until Harvey Weinstein".

"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.

Meantime, prosecutors are challenging Weinstein's attorneys' claims that they hid evidence from the jury that could have helped the disgraced filmmaker deny his sexual assault allegations, including one email in which an alleged victim wrote, "I love you, always do".

Separately on Wednesday, a federal judge in Manhattan heard arguments over whether a civil lawsuit brought by six women against both Weinstein and men on the board of his film company should go forward. Instead, he brought her to a hotel room where he allegedly raped her. "This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr. Weinstein for financial gain, and we will not stand for it".

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