In footage released Wednesday, Weinstein is seen hugging, touching and making suggestive comments during a business meeting in NY with Melissa Thompson.
Instead it recorded an excruciating encounter with the man who now faces criminal charges of sexual assault in a NY court, as well as scores...
"I was trying to save face a bit ... trying to manage the situation".
Thompson told Sky News Weinstein 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 with (me), where my levers were, what were my vulnerabilities".
In 2011, Thompson said she met Weinstein at the Weinstein Company office in NY to pitch her tech start-up's services. When she replies, "we'll see, a little bit", Weinstein says he won't. She says that upon arrival, she was ushered into an empty office where she turned on her laptop's video camera, intending to use the live footage she was shooting as part of her demonstration. When Thompson reaches out her hand to shake with Weinstein, he swats it aside and instead embraces her in a long, uncomfortable looking hug and intimately runs his hands up and down her back. He then asks "So am I allowed to flirt with you?" I worked in Wall Street before I went to business school, and I worked in an environment that was heavily male dominated...
"That's too high." However, the media mogul remained undeterred and kept stroking her arm, even claiming at one point that, "data is so hot, right". She recorded the encounter as part of the demo, which she told Sky she thought she was doing with the company's marketing team. In the footage, Thompson can visibly be seen squirming, and tells Weinstein "that's a little high".
When asked if she "might have encouraged him", Thompson replied, "I don't think I purposely encouraged him". A few hours after, at his hotel room a few blocks away, Thompson said Weinstein raped her.
Footage of Melissa Thompson with the film producer in 2011
Instead, she alleges, he lured her to his hotel room, where he raped her.
"That's a little high", she says in the video. Back in June, Thompson gave this interview to NBC News in which she mentions the video and even offered NBC a screengrab from it. "I thought I could handle it".
Weinstein's lawyer said the full video "demonstrates that there is nothing forceful" and shows "casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties".
"If I would try to fight myself away from him, he would then move around to a place where he could block me in", Thompson said.
Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex. "It was produced by Ms Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money".
The two other women in that specific lawsuit claim Weinstein battered and assaulted them in hotel rooms during incidents dating back to the nineties. "This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr Weinstein for financial gain and we will not stand for it. Facts do matter".
"It wasn't an invitation to go to his hotel room".