Lawyer Lisa Bloom resigns as Harvey Weinstein's adviser
The lawyer Lisa Bloom said Saturday that she had resigned as an adviser to Harvey Weinstein, the high-powered film producer facing allegations of rampant sexual harassment.
Her announcement came a day after a third of the all-male board of The Weinstein Co. resigned, as the remaining board members announced that they had hired an outside law firm to investigate the allegations and that Weinstein would take an indefinite leave of absence.
“I have resigned as an adviser to Harvey Weinstein,” Bloom said on Twitter. “My understanding is that Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement.”
Bloom did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Lanny Davis, another adviser to Weinstein, is also no longer representing him, according to someone familiar with the matter. Davis declined to comment or elaborate on the reason for his departure. But the two men had disagreed over how to handle the sexual harassment allegations, with Davis advising a more conciliatory tone and approach than Weinstein seemed willing to adopt.
The allegations of harassment against Weinstein, which reach back decades, were revealed in an investigation by the New York Times published Thursday. The investigation found that Weinstein had settled with at least eight women.
Weinstein apologized for his behaviour and acknowledged that it had “caused a lot of pain.” But he also said that he intends to sue the Times for failing to give him enough time to respond to the allegations against him.
Danielle Rhoades Ha, a Times spokesperson, said Weinstein had been given two days to respond and that his full statement had been published. “Mr. Weinstein and his lawyer have confirmed the essential points of the story,” she said. “They have not pointed to any errors or challenged any facts in our story.”
During an appearance Friday morning on Good Morning America, Bloom, who had been advising Weinstein on gender and power dynamics, said he had behaved inappropriately and agreed with an interviewer who characterized his reported actions as illegal.
“It’s gross, yeah,” Bloom said. “I’m working with a guy who has behaved badly over the years, who is genuinely remorseful, who says, you know, ‘I have caused a lot of pain.’ ”
She had previously described Weinstein as “an old dinosaur learning new ways.”
Bloom has in the past represented women who brought sexual harassment claims against Bill Cosby and the former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
This year, the Weinstein Co. announced that it planned to work on a series of television and film projects about the life of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old African-American who was shot and killed in Florida by George Zimmerman in 2012, based on a pair of books about the teenager, one of which was written by Bloom.