Even a faux-feminist show pony needs to earn a living, you know. Nobody paid Lisa Bloom to talk to the microphones about the pain and suffering of sad victims, even though that was her brand.
Stop giggling. When Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey included the $895 per hour in their book, “She Said,” it was to inflame the masses with her outrageous fee, even though it’s second tier, teetering on third, for good lawyers. But that was the problem for Lisa Bloom. She was a pseudo-celebrity lawyer, much like her mom, Gloria Allred, but that didn’t pay the bills. Guys like Harvey Weinstein paid the bills. At least that’s what Bloom thought.
The problem for Bloom was what she offered. It wasn’t legal talent. It wasn’t her ability to cross-examine witnesses and make them cry. The best she could do was sell her brand, and so that’s what she offered for sale.
The “Roses” refers to Rose McGowan, the woman who first came forward to tell about Weinstein’s debauchery. Who better to discredit them than the woman who represented them?
Bloom’s plan included an online campaign and articles in the press to sully the reputation of the accusers while at the same time suppressing negative articles about Weinstein and making “pre-emptive” moves to show him as “evolving” on women’s issues and gender equality, per quotes from the book.
Does this surprise and shock you? It should. After all, Bloom’s entire persona was built on the backs of “victims.”
Bloom, who built her reputation on negotiating sexual-harassment settlements with nondisclosure agreements, said in the memo, “I feel equipped to help you against the Roses of the world, because I have represented so many of them.”
And as appeals to the sensibilities of “victims,” it’s not the sort of thing one does for money, but for the cause. Then again, the problem with attempting to assess someone’s work when its putative basis is settlements covered by NDAs is that it’s undisclosed. How she did, and how much she earned from it, is a matter of speculation, since the numbers never made it to the surface. But what she lacked as a lawyer she more than made up for as a marketing animal.
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.
Yet, here she is, exposed for the first time, trying to be a real, actual, honest-to-god lawyer. For Harvey Weinstein. She was ready to zealously represent his interests, at the low rate of $895 per hour, using the only skills she developed in her legal practice: gaslighting. She was ready to burn her victim-brand for Harvey’s sake. She was ready to ruin Rose McGowan as “unglued.”
McGowan’s reaction, unsurprisingly, was not good.
The evil that was perpetrated on me and others was mind bending and illegal. Lisa Bloom should be disbarred.
Disbarred? That’s harsh, considering that Lisa Bloom, for the first time in her life, was being a real lawyer. She was ready to zealously defend Weinstein, even if she tried to trivialize her role as merely an “adviser” after she got caught.
“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.
But “She Said” now reveals that even Bloom’s “only an adviser” claim wasn’t true, as she was trying to position herself as “crisis manager,” both preventing crisis for Harvey and causing crisis for Rose. As soon as Bloom was outed for her connection to Weinstein, she put on her best puppy-dog eyes, cried a few tears and begged for forgiveness, giving up Harvey’s confidences for the chance to be loved by victims again.
Now that her attempt to trivialize her connection to Weinstein, the nature of her services to Weinstein, have been blown out of the water, Bloom is back to her old tricks, laying prostrate on social media and begging for mercy.
For a brief and shining moment, Lisa Bloom was almost a real lawyer, defending a real client and getting paid a real hourly fee for services rendered. So what if her proffered skillset was using the insight she gained into the psyche of rape victims? If she was representing Harvey Weinstein, then her singular duty was to zealously defend him using whatever tools she possessed.
Then again, that duty is qualified by “within the bound of the law,” and if she was offering to lie for Harvey, to intentionally defame Rose McGowan, to manufacture a deception to manipulate the public to benefit her client, there may be some ethical and legal lines toed, if not crossed, in the process.
But it never happened, as Lisa Bloom never got that far in her representation of Weinstein, so we will never know whether she had the chops to pull it off, and whether in doing so she would cross lines she could not cross. Having blown that gig, can Bloom repent hard enough to restore her blackened brand?
Maybe the most appalling figure in this constellation of collaborators and enablers is Lisa Bloom, Allred’s daughter. A lawyer likewise known for winning sexual-harassment settlements with nondisclosure agreements, Bloom was retained by Weinstein (who had also bought the movie rights to her book). In a jaw-dropping memo to Weinstein, Bloom itemized her game plan: Initiate “counterops online campaigns,” place articles in the press painting one of his accusers as a “pathological liar,” start a Weinstein Foundation “on gender equality” and hire a “reputation management company” to suppress negative articles on Google. Oh, and this gem: “You and I come out publicly in a pre-emptive interview where you talk about evolving on women’s issues, prompted by death of your mother, Trump pussy grab tape and, maybe, nasty unfounded hurtful rumors about you. … You should be the hero of the story, not the villain. This is very doable.”
Bloom couldn’t do it for Weinstein, and it’s not looking very doable for Bloom herself. Her brief and shining moment as a real lawyer is over, and victims don’t appear to be crying sad tears over Bloom’s lost brand.