Lisa Bloom Has Resigned as Harvey Weinstein’s Adviser – Vanity Fair
Lisa Bloom, the attorney who was acting as adviser to Harvey Weinstein after news broke of sexual harassment allegations against him, has resigned. She announced the news on Twitter on Saturday afternoon:
Since The New York Times published their bombshell story on Thursday, revealing the Weinstein Company founder’s two-decade pattern of alleged sexual abuse, Weinstein has announced plans to take an indefinite leave of absence from his company. He also announced his intention to sue the Times. On Friday, one-third of the company’s all-male board stepped down, and the remaining members hired an outside law firm for an internal investigation. “As Harvey has said, it is important for him to get professional help for the problems he has acknowledged,”remaining members Bob Weinstein, Tarak Ben Ammar, Lance Maerov and Richard Koenigsberg said in a statement. “Next steps will depend on Harvey’s therapeutic progress, the outcome of the Board’s independent investigation, and Harvey’s own personal decisions.”
Bloom is known for representing famous women in and around Hollywood—recently, Kathy Griffin following her controversial photoshoot in which she is shown holding the severed head of Donald Trump, and several of the women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Bloom’s decision to advise Weinstein, then, struck many as odd; even Bloom’s mother, the civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, felt compelled to respond. . Allred said in a statement that, “Had I been asked by Mr. Weinstein to represent him, I would have declined, because I do not represent individuals accused of sex harassment.” She later told Vanity Fair, “She’s a very good attorney, and I do not in any way criticize her decision to represent Mr. Weinstein.”
Though Bloom gave no reason for her resignation, and did not defend her decision to support Weinstein before that, their relationship extends at least to April, when the Weinstein Company optioned Bloom’s book Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin for use as source material for an upcoming docuseries.
Shortly after Bloom made her resignation public, Times reporter Jodi Kantor announced that another of Weinstein’s crisis management team had left as well: Lanny Davis, former special counsel to Bill Clinton. “ “Update: Lanny Davis is out too,” she wrote. “Harvey Weinstein’s crisis management team appears to be dissolving even as new q’s about his future pile up.”
On Saturday afternoon, Donald Trump—himself accused by multiple women of sexual assault—could not resist the urge to weigh in on the story as well.
“I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for a long time,“ he told CBS News. “I’m not at all surprised to see it.”