A prominent lawyer once celebrated for championing women on Monday defended her right and decision to help Harvey Weinstein navigate his crippling sex scandal.
Lisa Bloom touted the $ 15 million she has won her clients since January as evidence of her honorable intent after facing days of backlash for standing by the disgraced Hollywood executive.
Even Bloom’s mother, esteemed women’s right attorney Gloria Allred, criticized her daughter’s role in helping Weinstein.
Bloom resigned as Weinstein’s legal adviser on Saturday after the New York Times reported she suggested releasing photos of the accusers “in very friendly poses with Harvey.” She announced her exit in a single tweet without explanation.
The lawyer penned more than a dozen tweets Monday night addressing the adverse reaction to her role in Weinstein’s legal woes as a “powerful learning experience.”
“So over the hate. I have won $ 15 million for victims of sexual harassment, rape and race discrimination this year,” Bloom tweeted. “’The left can be vicious,’ a friend said. I’m experiencing that because I believed in the power of apology. I know who I am and what I did.”
Hours after Bloom’s mea culpa, HuffPost shared several leaked emails building on the Times report, which outlined Bloom’s strategy to spinning the allegations.
“Tomorrow there will be more and different reporting, highlighting inaccuracies, including photos of several of the accusers in very friendly poses with Harvey after his alleged misconduct,” Bloom wrote to the Weinstein Company’s board of directors.
Bloom said by Monday, a defamation lawsuit would be lodged against the Times for failing to include “favorable” details Weinstein’s legal team provided to the paper and “inconsistencies” about his accusers.
Harvey Weinstein lost Lisa Bloom as an adviser on Saturday.
In the meantime, she urged the Weinstein board to take its time on deciding their founder’s fate.
“This is not the time to make a decision about Harvey,” she told the board, according to the Post. “It is the time for Harvey to take a break, get some help, and lay low. The board should make major decisions after full information, not based on one very flawed hit piece.”
Bloom has repeatedly denied suggestions that she intended to undermine Weinstein’s accusers with photos and news coverage, writing on Monday that such plans were baseless and “completely inconsistent (with) my entire life’s work.”
“To say that other reporting and photos would come out was to state an obvious truth. If I had a nefarious plan, why not execute it,” Bloom tweeted, repeating similar language she used in her email to the Post.
Since stepping away from the Weinstein camp, Bloom has littered her Twitter feed with photos of her family and what appears to be a calming bike ride with the sun in her face.
“Cycle therapy,” Bloom wrote.
Bloom also signaled a return to her normal routine. She announced Monday morning that she will represent rapper Just Brittany who has accused her ex-boyfriend, rapper Z-RO, of beating her.