"The fact that Lisa Bloom has defended Weinstein and calling some of the women liars confirms what we’ve always suspected about her…"
Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom is reeling from public backlash after a New York Times report suggested she planned to defend serial predator Harvey Weinstein by discrediting his victims.
Bloom hurriedly dropped the movie mogul as her client on Sunday, after the New York Times detailed her plans to discredit Weinstein's accusers.
In emails obtained by The Times, Bloom, 56, and Weinstein, 65, reportedly discussed getting photos of his accusers in "very friendly poses" with him.
The revelation that Ms. Bloom repped Weinstein for over a year came as a surprise to feminists and domestic abuse victims who saw her as an ally.
The NY Times article painted her as a money-hungry opportunist who couldn't care less about abuse victims.
Bloom hurriedly dropped Weinstein on Saturday, hours after the damaging Times report about her was published.
“I have resigned as an advisor to Harvey Weinstein,” Bloom tweeted on Saturday morning. “My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement.”
In The Times' article, Bloom was reportedly upset with two of the all-male board members of The Weinstein Company.
After the board convened an emergency meeting to discuss Weinstein's fate on Thursday, Bloom sent emails to board members detailing her plan to attack the New York Times' article that exposed Weinstein as a sexual predator.
Apparently aware that the board decided to fire Mr. Weinstein, she made a last ditch effort to save his job by suggesting a plan that involved “more and different reporting,” including “photos of several of the accusers in very friendly poses with Harvey after his alleged misconduct.”
But board member Lance Maerov wrote an email scolding Bloom for “fanning the flames and compounding the problem”.
Maerov asked Bloom to "step away" from The Weinstein Company, because she tarnished her credibility when she optioned a book deal with Weinstein for a TV series.
“You have a commercial relationship with TWC via a TV deal so how can you possibly provide impartial advice to Harvey or address this group with any credibility?” Mr. Maerov asked Bloom in the email.
In a separate email, Maerov slammed Bloom's plan to publish "friendly" pictures of Weinstein posing with his victims, because “publishing pictures of victims in friendly poses with Harvey will backfire as it suggests they are exculpatory or negate any harm done to them through alleged actions.”
“It is my opinion, that u are giving your client poor counsel,” Maerov added. “Perhaps, Harvey as he stated in the NY Times, to the world, should get professional help for a problem that really exists".
Defending herself against the accusations in the Times article on Saturday, Bloom said that she personally “did not release photos of accusers” to the press. She denied that her work with Mr. Weinstein created a conflict of interest.
Also criticizing Bloom's judgment was her own mother, celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who said, "I do not represent individuals accused of sex harassment."
Allred added: “While I would not represent Mr. Weinstein, I would consider representing anyone who accused Mr. Weinstein of sexual harassment, even if it meant that my daughter was the opposing counsel.”
As the backlash against Bloom grew on Monday, she took to Twitter.com to do damage control and to remind critics of her record defending DV victims.
Accusation that I had a plan to undermine women is completely inconsistent w my entire life's work, which also generates considerable hate.
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) October 10, 2017
In a series of what some are calling "whiny" tweets, Bloom wrote:
"Powerful learning experience last week. I always tell my clients to ignore the hate, but now I truly get their pain… So over the hate. I have won $15 million for victims of sexual harassment, rape and race discrimination this year. From a client this week:"
She attached a scan of an email from a DV client thanking her for bending her rules so the client could get some money from a settlement.
Bloom's Twitter.com followers ruthlessly attacked her after she announced she was representing an unknown Instagram model (Brittany) who was allegedly beaten by her unknown rapper boyfriend, Z-Ro.
The fact that Lisa Bloom, has defended Weinstein and calling some of the women liars confirms what we’ve always suspected about her.
— realwomenrealstories (@PROJECT_RWRS) October 9, 2017
funny Lisa you never alerted people a year ago you were repping that predator Weinstein
— Zendaya's ShoesRule (@myfeetonfleek) October 9, 2017
lost all your credibility with the Harvey W case. All you care about is ???! Women's rights is just a mean to your end!
— Bert Lazo (@blazo321) October 9, 2017
Girl, you wasted no time to try and deter the attention from the Harvey disaster! The thing is nobody cares about these third rate celebs.
— IzBern (@bernardoizsak) October 9, 2017
The pyschology of Lisa Bloom: domestic violence ? sexual harassment/assault ? Sum: goodbye credibility on women's rights and issues.
— Mickey Jennings (@Trekkie_RN) October 9, 2017
As Maya Angelou once said "When someone shows you who they are believe them". You showed the world u choose profit over people #fakefeminist
— Another Perspective (@FactOrReality) October 9, 2017
Trying to understand why an atty announces who she represents? Is this just a Hollywood thing?
— Janice Redinger (@JLRLaw) October 9, 2017
And you rep Harvey. You are such a hypocrite. So acting like you are in it for women, you are in it for Lisa. @JimDenny52
— Turd Furguson (@cob69) October 9, 2017