Lisa Bloom resigns as Harvey Weinstein’s attorney


Feminist attorney Lisa Bloom announced on Twitter Saturday that she had resigned as an adviser to disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

“I have resigned as an advisor to Harvey Weinstein,” Bloom wrote on Twitter. “My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement.”

Bloom’s decision to assist Weinstein in the first place was a diversion from her usual work defending alleged victims of sexual harassment, not the accused themselves. Her mother, feminist attorney Gloria Allred, said last week she would not have represented Weinstein if asked.

A lawyer and founder of The Bloom Firm, Bloom has represented celebrity clients, including Kathy Griffin and Mischa Barton, as well as ordinary people seeking justice in all areas of civil litigation and family law. She has focused on representing victims of domestic violence, sexual harassment, race or sex discrimination, sexual assault, and police excessive force, according to her website. Most recently, she touted her ability to create and execute “media and legal strategy”  that ended with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly resigning.

On Thursday the New York Times reported on decades of sexual harassment charges against Weinstein, saying that he had reached settlements with at least eight women over the years. He once asked actress Ashley Judd in the 1990s to watch him shower and badgered a female assistant into giving him a massage while he was naked in 2015.

Bloom acknowledged in an interview on Friday (see below) on ABC that Weinstein’s actions were “gross.” Bloom had been advising the powerful film mogul on “gender and power dynamics,” according to the New York Times, and called him “an old dinosaur learning new ways.”

Later on Friday, HuffPost reported that a female television journalist claims Weinstein trapped her in the hallway of a restaurant in 2007 and masturbated in front of her.

Upon the release of the New York Times story Thursday, Bloom released a statement about advising Weinstein where she said as a women’s rights advocate, she had been “blunt with Harvey” and he had listened.

“I have told him that times have changed, it is 2017, and he needs to evolve to a higher standard,” she wrote.

However, she has since walked away from his case.

Since the Times story about Weinstein’s bad behavior came out, he has taken an indefinite leave of absence from The Weinstein Company. In addition, one-third of the company’s all-male board has resigned, and several Democrats have announced that they’re giving away his past donations to them.

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