Maybe Gloria Allred’s little girl has a brain, but she’s done everything humanly possible to conceal it. Sure, she’s borrowed from mom’s playbook of shameless self-promotion, vapid blathering and trying desperately to get her TV-cutie mug in front of TV cameras by haranguing on behalf of alleged rape victims. But Lisa Bloom is supposed to be a lawyer.
Ms. Bloom, who says she is working only as an “adviser” to Mr. Weinstein, is known for her work representing alleged (and often confirmed) victims of sexual harassment, including those who took on Mr. O’Reilly.
“Only” an adviser? That’s why they call lawyers “counselors.” Advising is what lawyers do. Advising isn’t an “only” thing. Advising is a lawyer thing. Bloom fails in her attempt to slough off her relationship to Harvey Weinstein, who it turns out has been using his clout as movie mogul to nail women who would otherwise never give him the time of day,. And something about getting off on them watching him shower, for whatever that’s worth.
The schadenfreude of Bloom burning her brand on Weinstein’s dinosaur is good for a few lulz, since she was never someone to be taken seriously in the first place, but no one licks boots (or body parts) more than a wannabe.
Ms. Bloom shared one reason she may have been sympathetic to Mr. Weinstein on Twitter in April, when she wrote, “My book SUSPICION NATION is being made into a mini-series, produced by Harvey Weinstein and Jay Z!”
She could be a “somebody,” for which she wouldn’t merely give her sympathy but probably both kidneys plus. While many, mom included, have ripped into Bloom for her rank hypocrisy in trying to spin Weinstein into a misguided but lovable relic of the 60s, so what? If she was a real lawyer rather than a show pony making cutesy faces for the camera, this was her chance to act like it.
The acknowledgment by the lawyer, Lisa Bloom, came during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News program “Good Morning America” in which he asked her about the report.
“This is a real pattern over 30 years; this is like textbook sexual harassment,” Mr. Stephanopoulos said, after describing the allegations.
“It’s gross, yeah,” Ms. Bloom replied.
“It’s illegal,” Mr. Stephanopoulos said.
“Yes. You know, I agree,” Ms. Bloom said. “See, you have to understand that, yes, I’m here as his adviser
Damn fine lawyering you done there, Lisa. Because you’re “only” his adviser.
Reached by The Times for additional comment on Friday, Ms. Bloom said: “The New York Times allegations if true would constitute sexual harassment. However, Mr. Weinstein denies many of them and was not given a fair opportunity to present evidence and witnesses on his side.”
Somebody ought to remind Bloom that evidence is presented in a courtroom, witnesses are called at trial. That’s how law works, not that she appears familiar with how such details as due process play out, or that she’s ever been aware in her previous efforts to make herself the star of the show.
But Bloom was given an opportunity by George Stephanopoulos, and rather than mumble something insipid about her client (yes, the people being advised are still clients), she offered her highly technical view that Harvey’s conduct was “gross” and, ta da, illegal. Nice.
And there’s one more thing lawyers do, and that’s maintain client confidences. This really sucks if your first reaction to the New York Times spilling the beans on Hollywood’s worst-kept secret is to be ready for your close-up. Did Harvey Weinstein give his informed consent to his adviser selling him out on the tube? If so, he hopefully got competent counsel from a decent lawyer before telling Bloom to go on air to admit his guilt.
The fact that Harvey Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, a mega-donor to the Democratic party and the progressive causes Tinseltown adores between coerced blowjobs, was the king of the casting couch was no surprise. Even now that the dirty deeds are all over the dead trees, the silence of his beneficiaries, from the Obamas to the Clintons, is so deafening that even the Times refuses to ignore it.
Tales of Mr. Weinstein’s offenses were widely shared in Hollywood but not publicly discussed. Despite years of fund-raisers with Hollywood celebrities, those who took his donations may have never heard the stories. But they have now.
Those allies, including Mr. Weinstein’s prominent friends, need to publicly assert that the behavior that has made him notorious cannot be tolerated. Not from anyone.
Harvey may be outed as the liberal lion who got sex through the only means available to him, coercion, but his good friends won’t flee the ship as long as he still can make them stars or buy their campaign ads.
In a statement both remorseful and self-aggrandizing, Mr. Weinstein pledged yet more money for liberal causes, including gun control and scholarships for women in film. Money, though, is not going to solve this problem.
Did money buy Lisa Bloom? Has she not given up on her hope of stardom at Weinstein’s groin? It obviously wasn’t enough for her to keep her lawyer yap shut at the first opportunity to sell out her client, but then, Weinstein is very rich and, I suspect, Bloom came very cheap. Perhaps Harvey can write it off as getting what he paid for.
Real lawyers, obviously, do not rush to the nearest camera to sell out their client’s confidences. Real lawyers don’t use the word “gross” to describe coerced rape and sexual assault, either. But then, real lawyers want to be lawyers rather than D-list celebrities. And then there’s Lisa Bloom.