High-profile lawyer Lisa Bloom announced on Twitter Saturday that she dropped Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as a client. Bloom helped advise Weinstein on how to deal with the fallout of a New York Times report that documented incidents of sexual harassment spanning decades.
I have resigned as an advisor to Harvey Weinstein.
My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement.
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) October 7, 2017
Bloom, who gained notoriety because of her career defending victims of sexual harassment, received a lot of heat for her representation of Weinstein. Bloom released a statement Thursday explaining her decision to advise a man who admitted to inappropriate behavior.
"As a women's rights advocate, I have been blunt with Harvey and he has listened to me," she said. "I have told him that timeshare changed, it is 2017, and he needs to evolve to a higher standard. I have found Harvey to be re-freshingly candid and receptive to my message. He has acknowledged mistakes he has made.
The announcement of Bloom's severed ties with Weinstein comes a day after new allegations of sexual misconduct. Former Fox News reporter Lauren Sivan told HuffPost that the powerful producer trapped her in the hallway of a New York restaurant and masturbated in front of her. Sivan claimed the incident happened more than a decade ago, when she was a news anchor on Long Island 12, a local news broadcast. The former TV journalist said she remained silent over the years because she was in a longterm relationship at the time and feared retaliation due to Weinstein's influence in media.