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Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer Lisa Bloom quits amid harassment claims

Oscar-winning movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, once the toast of Hollywood, found himself increasingly alone Saturday in his fight against serial sexual harassment allegations.

Attorney Lisa Bloom, who signed on with Weinstein two days ago, cut ties suddenly with the embattled entertainment icon in a terse tweet.

“I have resigned as an advisor to Harvey Weinstein,” wrote Bloom, a women’s rights advocate brought in after the Miramax Films co-founder was accused of repeated sexual harassment.

“My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement.”

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Fellow attorney Lanny Davis, the former Clinton administration special counsel, is also no longer advising the embattled Weinstein, The Associated Press reported.

And a third board member of The Weinstein Co. resigned his position. Marc Lasry, chairman and CEO of the Avenue Capital Group, followed billionaire Dirk Ziff out the door.

Harvey Weinstein's (l.) attorney, Lisa Bloom (r.), resigned Saturday after representing him for two days.

Harvey Weinstein’s (l.) attorney, Lisa Bloom (r.), resigned Saturday after representing him for two days.

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Technicolor executive Tim Sarnoff has also bailed, reportedly after volatile board meetings replete with screaming fights between the members.

Bloom did not expand upon her comments about what negotiations between Weinstein and the board might entail. One-third of the board’s nine members have exited since the allegations against Weinstein were made public.

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The New York Times reported the producer sexually harassed up-and-coming actresses along with female staffers over the last 30 years.

He reached settlements with at least eight women, the most recent with Italian model Ambra Battilana after an alleged 2015 groping incident in his Tribeca office.

Weinstein, 65, was suspended indefinitely Friday by company officials, including his brother Bob, as word of the devastating allegations reverberated throughout show business.

The Weinstein Co. brought in attorney John Kiernan to conduct an internal company probe of Harvey Weinstein amid reports that fellow executives wanted him gone for good.

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According to Variety, Bob Weinstein was among those calling for his brother’s dismissal.

Well-known actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan are two women accusing Weinstein. Several other celebrities, including actresses America Ferrara and Lena Dunham, have publicly blasted the once-invincible Weinstein.

The movie exec is the married father of five children, ages 4 to 22.

Bloom, in a statement issued Thursday, said she was brought in to assist Harvey in using this “painful learning experience to grow into a better man.”

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The attorney also promised that “I will continue to work with him personally for as long as it takes” — a pairing that lasted two days.

She noted in her five-paragraph statement that Weinstein denied many of the charges against him as patently false. There was no response from the Weinstein camp Saturday to the defection of the lawyers and the resignation of Lasry.

The Times story seemingly confirmed a long-kept secret about Weinstein, with many people shocked that the charges ever saw the light of day.

“I think people just can’t believe their eyes, that a story so many people have whispered about for so long has finally made it to publication,” said Janice Min, former editor of the Hollywood Reporter and Us Weekly.

Weinstein, a long-time supporter of liberal causes, also found few friends in the politicians who once took his campaign checks.

Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) were among the Democratic officials redirecting thousands of dollars donated by Weinstein to various charity groups. 

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