One of the women accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape is now releasing video evidence of a groping incident and speaking about why she chose to come forward.
As we reported, Melissa Thompson is part of the class-action lawsuit against Weinstein, alleging that he groped her during a business meeting and then allegedly raped her during a second meeting afterwards.
Thompson has now chosen to release the video she recorded of the incident, which includes Weinstein appearing to stick his hand up her skirt while she was pitching a potential business opportunity. She stops his advance, but the disgraced producer continued to rub her arm.
Along with releasing the video, Thompson sat for an interview with Sky News and said, "We don't have to live with being raped when we think we're going to a business meeting."
We are told the video, which The Blast previously viewed before the lawsuit and interview, will be evidence of Weinstein’s assault and will become a key piece of evidence in the case.
Thompson also recently attended a meeting with the Manhattan D.A. to discuss her incident with Weinstein and his associates.
Weinstein, who has been indicted on multiple other sexual assault charges, believes Thompson's class-action lawsuit "lacks merit."
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."
He adds, "Anything short of that is intended to make Mr. Weinstein appear inappropriate, and even exploitative. It was produced by Ms. Thompson to bolster her position in a civil lawsuit seeking money. Any suggestion of sexual misconduct is false. This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr. Weinstein for financial gain, and we will not stand for it. Facts do matter."