His eyes became dark.
A businesswoman suing media mogul Harvey Weinstein, claiming that he raped her in 2011, has released video showing the two of them just hours before the alleged assault. Thompson told Sky News that Weinstein asked to meet her in the lobby of the Tribeca Hotel, not far from the offices, later that evening, for what she believed would be a meeting to close the deal. The then 28-year-old said she also recorded the interaction as part of her demo.
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". She told Sky News that when she got to the hotel, Weinstein led her to his hotel room and raped her.
"That's nice. Let's keep it up".
At the start of the video, Weinstein rejects an effort by Thompson to shake hands, opting instead to give her a hug while rubbing her back. "Let me have a little part of you. It's okay, would you like to do it some more?" he can be heard saying.
"A little bit, mm-hmm", an uncomfortable-looking Thompson responded.
Weinstein "was not attractive in such a way that Paul Newman was", he said. "It's not bad", he says as he rubs her back.
As detailed previously in her class action suit with Larissa Gomes and Caitlin Dulany, the video (watch the full Sky segment here) shot on Thompson's laptop shows the now much accused producer being very touchy. "Now I see, he's trying any way he can, to move me into that zone of comfortable then uncomfortable and confused and vulnerable and recognizing that he is powerful and I'm not".
"At first I tried to volley a little bit with him".
She also said the filmmaker's behavior was distracting and she struggled to pitch the technology to him. She felt safe that it was at a lobby near his office, instead of his hotel room.
Sky News aired only portions of the video.
Once in the room, he raped her. "I thought I could handle it". I worked in Wall Street before I went to business school, and I worked in an environment that was heavily male dominated...
In light of the damning evidence, Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Barfman issued a statement.
Brafman said the video shows "casual, if not awkward, flirting from both parties".
The statement continued: "Anything short of that is meant 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".
"This is a further attempt to publicly disgrace Mr Weinstein for financial gain, and we will not stand for it".
Weinstein has been charged in NY with assaulting three women, but not Thompson. He denies all allegations of "non-consensual sex". "But I hate feeling like a booty call", according to the defense.
The conversation, captured on camera, sees Weinstein asking if he is "allowed to flirt" and stating that Thompson is "hot".