Lisa Bloom Announces Resignation as Harvey Weinstein's Adviser

October 7, 2017

Feminist attorney Lisa Bloom announced Saturday she had resigned as an adviser to Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the subject of a bombshell article this week detailing decades of sexual harassment complaints against him.

"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 raised eyebrows given her work defending alleged victims of sexual harassment, not the accused themselves. Her mother, feminist attorney Gloria Allred, said this week she would not have represented Weinstein if asked.

The New York Times reported Thursday on decades of sexual harassment charges against Weinstein and revealed he had reached settlements with at least eight women over the years. Among the lurid details of Weinstein's behavior in the report were that 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 Friday on ABC that Weinstein's actions were "gross." Bloom had been advising Weinstein 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 on a female television journalist claiming 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's now done advising him.

Fallout from the story about Weinstein's actions has been swift. He has taken an indefinite leave of absence from The Weinstein Company, one-third of the company's all-male board has resigned, and several Democrats have announced they're giving away his past donations to them.