Harvey Weinstein’s ex-lawyer: ‘TV project clouded my judgement’

Harvey Weinstein’s former attorney Lisa Bloom regrets initially defending the Hollywood mogul against allegations of sexual misconduct, confessing her judgement was “clouded” because they had been working on a TV project together.
The women’s rights champion, daughter of celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, represented Weinstein when he was first accused of sexual predation following an expose in The New York Times in early October (17), and appeared on U.S. TV to insist Harvey had convinced her he was a changed man.
However, Bloom quit days later, and now she has admitted she was wrong to take the disgraced producer on as a client in the first place.
“I very much regret ever being involved in this,” she shared during an appearance on U.S. talk show The View. “I’m mortified that I was connected with him in any way. All the people who have reached out to me to say, ‘Lisa, we’re hurt and disappointed in you.’ I get it. And I’m very, very sorry.”
Bloom went on to acknowledge her involvement in a documentary series Weinstein was producing through his former firm The Weinstein Company had “clouded” her judgement.
The project, based on her book Suspicion Nation, which examines the case surrounding the tragic shooting of unarmed African-American teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, had been in development with rap mogul JAY-Z also on board.
“It was a real passion project for me. And when I was approached to do a documentary about it, yeah, I was thrilled,” she shared. “It’s not a conflict legally for an attorney to have a business deal with a client. We had business deals, and then they tell us about legal problems. Ethically, it’s not an issue. But people ask me, ‘Was I so excited about it that it clouded my judgement?’ And I say, yes, I have to cop to that.”
Dozens of women have since come forward with further allegations of sexual misconduct and rape against Weinstein. He has denied all accusations of non-consensual sex.

by WENN

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