Footage has emerged of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein propositioning a woman inappropriately during a business meeting in 2011.
Melissa Thompson, who sued Weinstein in June this year claiming he raped her in 2011, said she chose to record a meeting with him seven years ago while she was pitching her tech startup company at his office in New York.
After saying hello to each other, Weinstein rejects Thompson’s gesture to shake his hand, and instead pulls her in for a hug.
“That’s nice…. let’s keep it up,” the movie mogul then says to the then 28-year-old Thompson.
Later in the clip, Thompson says, “Data’s so hot”.
“It is hot,” Weinstein responds. “You’re hot.”
The footage was aired this week as part of a tell-all interview with Sky News.
Thompson says Weinstein then touched her under the table, and as the video shows, she tried to tell him it was going too far far.
“A little bit,” she says. “A little high. That’s a little high. That’s a little high.”
Thompson says she was trying to “manage the situation” upon their first meeting, and thought when he asked her to meet him again for another drink, it would be to discuss further business matters and close the startup pitch deal.
However she claims he raped her instead.
Thompson filed a lawsuit against Weinstein in June, however the #MeToo offender has denied all nonconsensual sexual contact, according to The Associated Press.
In October last year a slew of sexual misconduct allegations were levelled against Weinstein.
The award-winning film producer was then fired from his own company – The Weinstein Company – with the board of directors saying “in light of new information about misconduct” Harvey no longer had a role at the company, which he founded in 2005 with his brother Robert Weinstein.
“In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company — Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben Ammar — have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” the company said in a statement.
Weinstein allegedly reached “eight previously undisclosed settlements” with several women, including former assistants and actresses, who made allegations of “sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact” against the 65-year-old, according to an investigation by the New York Times.
Since that investigation emerged, several women including well-known actresses in the industry have come forward with their own claims in the past months.
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