Weinstein Accuser Released A Video of Him Groping Her, Just Before Alleged Rape
There is now new footage of Harvey Weinstein groping a victim, hours before he allegedly raped her. Melissa Thompson, who previously claimed she had video evidence of Weinstein harassing her during a business meeting, released a tape to Sky News on Wednesday in which the mogul can be seen making the shocking comments.
The incident happened in September 2011 during a pitch to him about her tech company’s video platform. In the video, he tells his staff “don’t interrupt, don’t interrupt” as he enters the room. She is seen standing and holding out her hand for a handshake, but instead he waves it away and goes in for a hug. Then he rubs his hands up and down her back as says, “That’s nice. Let’s keep it up. It’s not bad.”
When he sits, he asks, “Am I allowed to flirt with you?” to which she replies, “Um, we’ll see, a little bit.”
However, his lawyer said in a statement that the video shows both parties were flirting, not just him: “Several respected journalists and trustworthy individuals have seen the entire video, as Ms. Thompson has been trying to promote it to for several months,” the statement read. “What they shared with us is that the video, when viewed in its entirety, in context and not in select excerpts, demonstrates that there is nothing forceful, but casual — if not awkward — flirting from both parties.”
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