High-powered feminist attorney Lisa Bloom raised eyebrows when it was revealed she was working with Harvey Weinstein as an adviser amid the tsunami of of sexual misconduct allegations that erupted last week. Bloom, who earlier this year was successful in taking down Bill O’Reilly amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations, seemed an odd fit for Weinstein given the type of work she’s devoted her legal career to. There was deal Weinstein’s company made to adapt her book about Trayvon Martin into a movie, but also, as a new report in Variety claims, Weinstein intentionally kept her in the dark about what she was signing up for.
According to an anonymous source Variety spoke with, Bloom was “totally lied to” about the full scope of the allegations that were about to emerge when she agreed to work with Weinstein. The source said Bloom had no idea about rape and sexual assault allegations, and believed that the accusations amounted to a mix of sexually offensive remarks and inappropriate fulminations directed at colleagues. Variety reached out to Bloom’s law firm, but it declined comment on the grounds of attorney-client privilege. Weinstein is reportedly replacing the high-powered Bloom with another super lawyer: Los Angeles-based litigator Patty Glaser. Glaser, who’s know by the nickname “Ms. Glacier,” will be taking on the board of The Weinstein Company, which fired the movie mogul, and not defending him against the slew of allegations against him.
The Variety report also went on to detail how an infamous email prankster managed to trick Bloom into thinking she was engaging in an email exchange with Weinstein after she stepped down as his adviser over the weekend, and what she said in those emails she thought she was sending to the real Harvey Weinstein.
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