Melissa Thompson is one of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein‘s accusers.
On September 11, 2018, Thompson released a secretly-recorded video of Weinstein inappropriately touching her body during a business meeting in 2011 when she went to his New York office to pitch a technology platform he could use to market films.
The video was secretly recorded by Thompson’s laptop computer.
The following is an account of the video by the Daily Mail:
The footage shows Weinstein entering the room and saying ‘hello Melissa Thompson.’
Thompson, then 28, stands and offers a handshake but he pushes her hand aside and hugs her instead.
As he caresses her back during the awkward embrace, Weinstein says: ‘That’s nice, let’s keep it up’.
The producer then sits down next to her and asks: ‘So am I allowed to flirt with you?’
Ms Thompson replies: ‘Ummm we’ll see, a little bit.’
Weinstein can later be seen rubbing his right hand up and down her left arm as she, flustered, tries to concentrate on finishing her pitch.
Another section of the video shows Ms Thompson saying to Weinstein: ‘Data’s so hot right?’
Weinstein replies: ‘It is hot. You’re hot.’
Ms Thompson alleges that he then, out of view of the camera, reached under her dress and ran his hand up and down her thigh.
He says in 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?
Ms Thompson replies: ‘A little bit… a little high, that’s a little high, that’s a little high.’
Asked if she encouraged Weinstein’s behaviour, Ms Thompson said she didn’t mean to but admitted she tried to ‘volley’ with him as a way of managing the situation.
Ms 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 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.
‘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.’
Here’s the video:
Thompson is one of three plaintiffs named in a class action lawsuit filed in June against Weinstein, Miramax, The Weinstein Company and a host of other defendants. She claims that after the business meeting, Weinstein invited her to his room in nearby Tribeca Grand hotel where he cornered her, then raped her on the bed. Weinstein denies any non-consensual sexual contact.
I’m the last person to defend the disgusting and repugnant Weinstein, nor do I think a flirtatious woman deserves to be raped. But I have these questions for Ms. Thompson, who portrays herself as Weinstein’s “vulnerable” victim:
- If you didn’t want him to hug you, why did you lean in for the hug (0:15 mark)?
- Why did you touch Weinstein’s upper right arm (0:55 mark), giving him a friendly jab, even after he’d “inappropriately” embraced you and used both hands to caress your back (0:16 mark)? Do you usually touch the body of a person to whom you’re presenting a business pitch?
- Psychologists say a woman flipping her hair is a sign of flirtation. Why did you giggle and flip your hair when Weinstein said “you’re hot” (0:59 mark)?
- How is your touching Weinstein’s arm (0:55 mark) different from him later touching your left arm (1:16 mark)? Why is his touching your arm “inappropriate” but your touching his arm is okay?
- Why did you later go to Weinstein’s hotel room even after he, according to you, had “inappropriately” touched and said things to you at the business meeting?
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