Video shows Weinstein's hands-on encounter with rape accuser

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

In footage released Wednesday, Weinstein is seen hugging, touching and making suggestive comments during a business meeting in NY with Melissa Thompson.

Melissa Thompson says she went to meet Mr Weinstein at his NY offices in 2011 as a representative for a tech start-up that was pitching online video services. Thompson told Sky News that Weinstein asked to meet her in the lobby of the Tribeca Hotel, not far from the offices, later that evening, for what she believed would be a meeting to close the deal. Thompson began recording the meeting and was surprised when Weinstein himself showed up and immediately locked the door to the office behind him.

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".

The video shows Thompson reacting with discomfort but also joking about his advances, saying that "data is hot". Thompson told Sky she was thinking of the initial encounter with Weinstein.

Weinstein's lawyer said the full video "demonstrates that there is nothing forceful" and shows "casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties".

Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women in NY but not Thompson, according to the AP.

In the video, Thompson is polite and friendly with Weinstein, but at one point he reportedly touched her leg off-camera. 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.

Thompson, then 28, responds: "Ummm we'll see, a little bit".

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"Every time that he toed the line of being inappropriate enough where I may have said something, he could sense it and he pulled back and he changed the dynamic again", Thompson said.

Just hours later, Weinstein allegedly raped her in his hotel room, the woman told Sky News. "If he made a comment, I would try to catch it and return it in a way that felt a little safer than the way he threw it at me", Thompson told Sky News.

At the end of the meeting, Weinstein can be heard asking Thompson to meet him for a drink at a hotel. I constantly felt trapped, no matter where I turned. Anything short of that is meant to make Mr. Weinstein appear inappropriate, and even exploitative.

Once in the room, he raped her. "It was produced by Ms Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money".

"This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr Weinstein for financial gain, and we will not stand for it", he said. "It's not bad", he says as he rubs her back.

"I never met anyone that I couldn't handle until Harvey Weinstein", she added. I worked in Wall Street before I went to business school, and I worked in an environment that was heavily male dominated...

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".

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