Video Shows Weinstein Groping Woman Prior To Alleged Rape
A new exclusive video by Sky News shows embattled former Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, groping and flirting with a woman who claims she was raped by Weinstein following the video.
The video is creepy from the beginning, Weinstein asks 28-year-old Melissa Thompson, who is attempting to pitch Weinstein on her services if he can “flirt” with her. Thomspon nervously replies “Ummm we’ll see, a little bit.”
Thompson records the meeting with Weinstein, which takes place at The Weinstein Company offices in New York. Thompson says that recording meetings is in fact, part of the demo for her tech startup company.
When they first hug, Weinstein sensually slides his hands up and down Thompson’s back. Weinstein is also heard saying “don’t interrupt” to his employees, who reportedly lock the door behind them.
Worsening the scenario, Thompson claims that she expected a full marketing team to be present. However, the meeting turned out to be with only Weinstein and Thompson. Thompson’s claim is consistent with numerous other claims of Weinstein’s alleged meeting deceptions. Thompson also claims the meeting was supposed to be in the lobby of the hotel, but Weinstein asked her to follow him to his room.
Weinstein appears to be impressed by Thompson’s services and floats in and out of his trademark creepy meeting style. But Thompson claims that Weinstein’s partial professional side, which had him excited over Thompson’s product, was merely his way to lure her into his trap.
“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.
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“I think (he) 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 me; where my levers where, what were my vulnerabilities.”
Thompson often appears uncomfortable. Weinstein often appears predatory.
Thompson also claims that Weinstein is rubbing up and down her leg during a portion of the video.
“Let me have a little part of you. Give it to me. It’s okay, would you like to do it some more?
She replies: “A little bit… a little high, that’s a little high, that’s a little high.”
Thompson, at times, plays the part of flirtatious, but it is fairly obvious she’s confused by the potential ramifications of such activity. Weinstein appears on a mission to seduce Thompson, while Thompson appears to have the objective of selling her tech services for Weinstein’s next movie.
“I was trying to save face a bit … trying to manage the situation.
“I didn’t want to blow the meeting.
“I worked in Wall Street before I went to business school, and I worked in an environment that was heavily male-dominated… I thought I could handle it, I had never met anyone that I couldn’t handle… until Harvey Weinstein.”
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.