Comedian Kathy Griffin, whose photo stunt of herself holding a fake, decapitated head of Donald Trump in late May caused national outrage and severely affected her own career, is now in the middle of an ugly public “break-up” with the high-profile lawyer who defended her in the case.
After the photo of Griffin holding the bloody “Trump head” caused a collective uproar, she held a press conference on June 2 with her then-attorney, Lisa Bloom, who is renowned for representing celebrity clients.
In the press briefing, Bloom made a few opening statements, then turned the microphone over to Griffin. Now, four months later, the two are feuding over the results of that press conference.
On Thursday of last week, Griffin published a video on her Facebook page in which she went after Bloom, saying, “If you want my Lisa Bloom statement, anybody, O.K., here it is: yes, I got Bloomed. Yes, I did not have a good experience with her. I felt that she and her husband exacerbated my personal situation. That horrible press conference was a disaster.”
On Saturday, the lid blew off the conflict completely when Griffin sent out a Twitter post attacking Bloom, demanding a refund for the “tens of thousands of dollars” paid to the attorney, stating, “Dear @LisaBloom pls stop calling me. If you’d like to refund me the tens of thousands of $$ I wasted on your services maybe I’ll talk to you.”
Dear @LisaBloom pls stop calling me. If you’d like to refund me the tens of thousands of $$ I wasted on your services maybe I’ll talk to you
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 22, 2017
Bloom replied with a lengthy statement, revealing that Griffin diverted entirely from the plan during that June press conference:
“Kathy Griffin reached out to me after her Trump mask photo posted a few months ago and a few days later I had a press conference with her,” Bloom wrote. “Her entire team (entertainment lawyer, criminal lawyer and several others) approved in advance the statements she and I were going to make. Yet Kathy then during the press conference spontaneously chose to put aside the notes we had worked so hard on together. She said on camera “my notes are by the wayside and it’s all off the cuff” and then ad libbed. I was sorry she made that choice but I respected her right to speak as she saw fit. She was, as she always says, then widely panned for her comments. Now she blames me. She’s the only client I’ve ever had who chose to extemporize at a press conference rather than read from notes we prepared in advance.
“I got a lot of death and rape threats afterward and still do. I know Kathy has as well and I’m sure it’s unnerving. Kathy has now made a video about how women should stand together, and yet she’s attacked me, a lifetime women’s right attorney, and not the rest of her team, all of whom were men. This is sad, but I still believe that Kathy Griffin is one of the funniest comics alive, that she meant no ill will with the photo, and I wish her the best.”
My statement re Kathy Griffin. pic.twitter.com/Xhvwiz1pcx
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) October 22, 2017
Bloom briefly represented film producer Harvey Weinstein in the sexual harassment charges against him recently, but ultimately withdrew from that case. She is now defending Blac Chyna in her lawsuit against the Kardashians.
Below is the original press conference over which Griffin and Bloom are now feuding:
Meanwhile, Griffin is now taking her Trump-bashing global in a world-tour called “Laugh Your Head Off,” in which she promises “nothing is off limits – not even him.”
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) August 27, 2017
On Oct. 19, Griffin posted a video clip from her “performance” in Auckland, where she pranced around on stage and raised her dress up in front of the audience, touting the standing ovation she received at the end.
And at the end of the show….They Stood. pic.twitter.com/ShREJVuZEU
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 19, 2017
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