Melissa Thompson, one of the more than 80 women who have accused the Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein of misconduct, has released a videotape that she says proves her claims.
Thompson is part of a class-action suit against Weinstein. She claims he groped her during a business meeting and then raped her during a second meeting later. The video she released includes Weinstein apparently putting his hand up her skirt while she pitches him. Thompson removes his hand, but he continues to fondle her arm.
She sat down with an interview with Sky News, with whom she released the tape. She said: "We don’t have to live with being raped when we think we’re going to a business meeting."
Weinstein has been indicted on multiple sexual assault charges, but claims he is not guilty of nonconsensual sex.
Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, tells The Blast, "Several respected journalists and trustworthy individuals have seen the entire video, as Ms. Thompson has been trying to promote it to for several months. What they shared with us is that 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."