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Weinstein accuser reveals video of apparent harassment

  • Published at 12:20 am September 14th, 2018
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AFP reached out to Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman for comment but there was no immediate response

Video footage emerged Wednesday showing disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein apparently sexually harassing a woman who subsequently accused him of rape.

Melissa Thompson, who has previously publicly complained of abusive behavior by Weinstein during a 2011 business meeting in New York, gave a tape of the encounter to Sky News.

Thompson told the station she had been offering her tech company's video platform to the 66-year-old, and recorded the meeting as part of the pitch.

Just hours later, Weinstein allegedly raped her in his hotel room, the woman told Sky News.

AFP reached out to Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman for comment but there was no immediate response.

He was quoted by US-based entertainment magazine People however as denying sexual misconduct by his client.

"Several respected journalists and trustworthy individuals have seen the entire video, as Ms. Thompson has been trying to promote it to for several months," Brafman's statement read, according to People.

"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."

The former Hollywood titan is seen in the video waving staff away with the words "don't interrupt, don't interrupt' as he enters the meeting.

Thompson offers her hand but Weinstein goes in for a hug instead.

"That's nice. Let's keep it up. It's not bad," he says as he rubs her back.

"Am I allowed to flirt with you?" he is heard asking, and Thompson replies: "Um, we'll see, a little bit."