Apparently, Thompson had visited The Weinstein Company offices in NY to make a business pitch for her company's services and had recorded their meeting as part of the demo. Back in June, Thompson gave this interview to NBC News in which she mentions the video and even offered NBC a screengrab from it.
The video shows Thompson reacting with discomfort but also joking about his advances, saying that "data is hot". Thompson says she was expecting to meet with the Weinstein Company's marketing team, but instead found herself in a room with just Weinstein himself.
"Let me have a little part of you", he replies. In the video, she noticeably squirms and says "that's a little high". "It's okay, would you like to do it some more?" At that point, Thompson says, "A little bit... a little high, that's a little high, that's a little high".
Thompson told Sky News: "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 recognizing 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".
In a statement, Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman said: "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 ..."
"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. "This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr. Weinstein for financial gain, and we will not stand for it. Facts do matter", the lawyer told People magazine.
Footage of Melissa Thompson with the film producer in 2011
"A little bit, mm-hmm", an uncomfortable-looking Thompson responded. She agrees, and told Sky that it felt safer than being alone in his office.
Weinstein has been indicted on sex crime accusations involving three women in NY but not Thompson, according to the AP.
Later Weinstein placed his hand on Thompson's leg and ran his hand up her skirt.
Thompson, who had previously worked on Wall Street, rejected suggestions that she encouraged Weinstein's behavior.
"I never met anyone that I couldn't handle until Harvey Weinstein", she said. "We don't have to live with things that are illegal and abusive".
Weinsten has denied all nonconsensual sexual contact.
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