RSN Fundraising Banner
FB Share
Email This Page
add comment
Print

Ng writes: "Harvey Weinstein continued to lose key support over the weekend from people within his close circle of associates and in the larger media industry as the disgraced film executive moved to contain the fallout from his sexual-harassment scandal."

Lisa Bloom resigned on Saturday as an adviser to Harvey 
Weinstein, the Hollywood producer who has been accused of sexual 
harassment. (photo: David Mirzoeff/AP)
Lisa Bloom resigned on Saturday as an adviser to Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer who has been accused of sexual harassment. (photo: David Mirzoeff/AP)


ALSO SEE: Ashley Judd and Others Accuse Harvey
Weinstein of Sexual Harassment in a New York Times Exposé

ALSO SEE: Harvey Weinstein's Star Lawyer Lisa Bloom
Is Resigning as Sexual Assault Allegations Mount

Harvey Weinstein Losing Key Supporters, Including Advisor Lisa Bloom, Who Came Under Pressure to Quit

By David Ng, The Los Angeles Times

08 October 17

 

arvey Weinstein continued to lose key support over the weekend from people within his close circle of associates and in the larger media industry as the disgraced film executive moved to contain the fallout from his sexual-harassment scandal.

Two important members of his crisis team quit Saturday, including Los Angeles attorney Lisa Bloom, who had been criticized for representing Weinstein.

“I have resigned as an advisor to Harvey Weinstein,” Bloom wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement.”

Bloom didn’t elaborate and didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Weinstein could not be reached for comment.

In addition, crisis manager Lanny Davis stepped down from Weinstein’s team and will no longer be serving him as an advisor, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Davis declined to comment through his office. The Washington-based attorney is a former special counsel to President Clinton and has been a longtime friend to Hillary Clinton.

Weinstein was a major supporter for Hillary Clinton’s failed run for the presidency, donating tens of thousands of dollars to her campaign and throwing celebrity fundraisers for the Democratic nominee.

On Saturday, President Trump was asked by a reporter what he thought about the Weinstein scandal. The president said he has known Weinstein a long time, adding, “I’m not at all surprised to see it.”

Democrats have come under attack for their connections to Weinstein, and The Times reported Friday that several senators are giving away money donated to them by Weinstein as they seek to distance themselves from the scandal.

The departures come after at least three Weinstein Co. board members resigned their positions in the wake of allegations published in the New York Times that the Oscar-winning movie and TV producer had sexually harassed numerous actresses and employees over a span of more than 20 years.

The board members who resigned include billionaire Dirk Ziff, a managing partner at Ziff Capital Partners, as well as Marc Lasry and Tim Sarnoff.

The remaining board members said Friday they have hired a law firm to investigate the sexual harassment allegations against the indie film boss, who is taking a leave of absence from the company.

On Saturday, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski threatened to pull out of her book deal with Weinstein’s publishing imprint unless he resigns.

“Harvey Weinstein needs to resign from his companies, face his sickness, and go into a long, self-imposed exile,” Brzezinski wrote on Twitter.

“Authors, actors and moviemakers should not work for any Weinstein company until he resigns. Not a close call. I have a three-book deal with Weinstein Books, through Hachette. I can’t go forward with those books unless Harvey resigns.”

Brzezinski hosts MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” along with Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist.

The latest resignations also come after a new report surfaced late Friday in the Huffington Post claiming that Weinstein had made unwanted sexual advances toward a TV journalist, Lauren Sivan, a decade ago in New York, including cornering Sivan at a restaurant and masturbating in front of her.

On Saturday, Sivan tweeted that she was only able to come forward now about the incident “because of women far braver than me.”

Sivan’s claims were not previously reported in the New York Times, whose bombshell article Thursday cited actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan as among those whom Weinstein allegedly preyed upon.

The report also stated that Weinstein had reached at least eight settlements with women who had claims against him.

When the scandal broke Thursday, some of the public criticism against Weinstein was also directed at Bloom for her decision to advise the producer.

Bloom has been known for her legal work defending women, including those who have brought various accusations against former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and Bill Cosby.

Some of the criticism pointed out that in April, Bloom announced a development deal with Weinstein and the rapper Jay-Z to turn her book “Suspicion Nation,” about the death of Trayvon Martin, into a miniseries.

Bloom said in her announcement Thursday that “Harvey has asked me to do a comprehensive review of his company’s policies and practices regarding women in the workplace.”

Bloom has also stated that she has advised Weinstein in the last year on matters of gender and power relations in the workplace. On Friday, on “Good Morning America,” she said that “I think he has changed in the year I’ve known him.”

Among her most vocal critics has been her own mother, Gloria Allred, the L.A. attorney famous for her media savvy in representing women who have alleged sexual harassment and assault.

“Had I been asked by Mr. Weinstein to represent him, I would have declined, because I do not represent individuals accused of sex harassment,” Allred said in a statement this week.

Bloom had recently boosted her public profile by representing Kathy Griffin following the comedian’s firing from CNN after she posed for a photograph that showed her holding a fake severed head resembling Trump.

In the days since the Weinstein scandal broke, the 65-year-old producer has sent a series of mixed messages in response to the lurid allegations.

While Weinstein expressed contrition for his past behavior — saying that he realizes “the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it” — his lawyer, Charles Harder, has said Weinstein is planning on suing the New York Times over the report.

The New York Times has stated that it stands behind its story.


e-max.it: your social media marketing partner
 

Comments   

A note of caution regarding our comment sections:

For months a stream of media reports have warned of coordinated propaganda efforts targeting political websites based in the U.S., particularly in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

We too were alarmed at the patterns we were, and still are, seeing. It is clear that the provocateurs are far more savvy, disciplined, and purposeful than anything we have ever experienced before.

It is also clear that we still have elements of the same activity in our article discussion forums at this time.

We have hosted and encouraged reader expression since the turn of the century. The comments of our readers are the most vibrant, best-used interactive feature at Reader Supported News. Accordingly, we are strongly resistant to interrupting those services.

It is, however, important to note that in all likelihood hardened operatives are attempting to shape the dialog our community seeks to engage in.

Adapt and overcome.

Marc Ash
Founder, Reader Supported News

 
0 # jwb110 2017-10-08 12:10
When the president resigns for his sexual-harassme nt of women then we can talk about Weinstein. There is too much "pot calling the kettle black" coming out of Washington. Weinstein, as abhorrent as his behavior maybe, his resignation from his companies will not put us on some moral high road when the leader of this country gets away with it. As the old saying goes, "A fish rots from the head down."
 

THE NEW STREAMLINED RSN LOGIN PROCESS: Register once, then login and you are ready to comment. All you need is a Username and a Password of your choosing and you are free to comment whenever you like! Welcome to the Reader Supported News community.

RSNRSN