Who Is Lisa Bloom and Why is She Defending Harvey Weinsten
Lisa Bloom is an American civil rights attorney offering counsel to Harvey Weinstein who is embroiled in the sexual harassment allegations.She was appointed by the media mogul after reports of his alleged misconduct towards eight women surfaced on Thursday.
Though Bloom took up Weinstein's case she was infact known for representing the alleged victims of sexual harassment. She was better known for fighting on the other side, reported The Guardian.
As a Women's right attorney Bloom has been credited with bringing down Bill O' Reilly, a top-rated host of Fox News over harassment allegations. Her clients Mischa Barton, Janice Dickinson and Black Chyna were victims of sexual harassment.
Bloom is the daughter of Gloria Allred who is also a popular women's attorney and her involvement in the Weinstein's case has even surprised her mother. According to Wrap magazine, Bloom's mother wouldn't approve of supporting a man like Weinstein. "Had I been asked by Mr. Weinstein to represent him, I would have declined, because I do not represent individuals accused of sexual harassment," Allred stated, in an interview.
Allred has been a renowned advocate herself fighting for the protection of women's rights for several years of her high-profile career. She claimed she couldn't speak for her daughter's action or take account of it but would never refrain from opposing her daughter's decision in court. "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," she said.
On Friday Bloom in a statement on her social media platform had mentioned her role in making Weinstein a better man. "As a women's rights advocate, I have been blunt with Harvey and he has listened to me," Bloom said. "I have told him that times have changed, it is 2017, and he needs to evolve to a higher standard. I have found Harvey to be refreshingly candid and receptive to my message. He has acknowledged mistakes he has made," her statement read.
Weinstein who denied news of sexual harassment allegations based on an investigative report of New York Times on Thursday called them innacurate. Instead, he stated that he had asked Bloom to tutor him as part of his journey to learn about myself and conquer my demons.
Soon after Weinstein announced about recruiting Lisa Bloom as his advocate, she sent out a statement to Times denying many of the accusations as patently false.Little later, Weinstein announced that he would take a "leave of absence" from his company and sought professional help from Bloom who was a "tutor" in this effort.
Weinstein and his brother Bob co-founded the indie film company Miramax in the late 1970s and grew into a powerhouse brand that made art-house films mainstream - and reshaped the Academy Awards race with aggressive marketing and buzz.The company was bought by Disney in 1993, where the brothers continued to run the company - and dominate the Oscar race - until they left in 2005 to launch the new privately held The Weinstein Company.He is currently serving as producer on "The Current War," which is viewed as a solid contender for awards.