2019-09-09 15:59:11 UTC
A new book exploring the allegations against Harvey Weinstein says attorney Lisa
Bloom offered to help portray actor Rose McGowan, one of Weinsteins accusers,
as increasingly unglued in an effort to discredit her. Bloom also apparently
attempted to smear other Weinstein accusers, including Ashley Judd.
The New York Times published a long look at She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan
Twohey, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who published the first New York
Times exposé on Weinstein in October 2017. It sounds like theres a lot in
hereKantor and Twohey report, for instance, that Weinsteins brother, Bob
Weinstein, attempted to convince Weinstein to get medical treatment to fix what
he categorized as misbehavior that had brought shame to the family and
[Weinsteins] company,and that the first Weinstein whistleblower was Weinstein
Company executive Irwin Reiter.
She Said also reveals the identities of another Weinstein accuser, Rowena Chiu,
who was an assistant at Miramax in the 1990s and allegedly sexually assaulted by
Weinstein in a hotel room in 1998.
Then, theres this detail (emphasis mine):
Allreds daughter, the lawyer Lisa Bloom, a prominent victims rights attorney,
was working behind the scenes with Mr. Weinstein at a rate of $895 an hour
to quash the journalists investigation and thwart his accusers. In a
confidential memo to Mr. Weinstein that Ms. Bloom wrote in December 2016, which
is reproduced in She Said, she offered to help him damage the reputation of
one of his accusers, Rose McGowan, and portrayed her background as a victimss
rights advocate as an asset.
I feel equipped to help you against the Roses of the world, because I have
represented so many of them, Ms. Bloom wrote, before laying out a multistep
playbook for how to intimidate accusers or paint them as liars. One of Ms.
Blooms suggested tactics for undermining Ms. McGowan: We can place an article
re her becoming increasingly unglued, so that when someone Googles her this is
what pops up and shes discredited.
Bloom resigned as Weinsteins attorney shortly after Kantor and Twoheys first
bombshell piece came out, claiming she was over the hate and touting her
record as an attorney for victims of sexual assault. And yet:
Ms. Bloom accompanied Mr. Weinstein on a surprise visit to the Times the day
before the initial article was published, to present the journalists with
information intended to portray several accusers including Ashley Judd, the
first actress to go on the record as unreliable and mentally unstable.
Bloom later apologized for working with Weinstein, claiming she deeply
regretted representing him. On Sunday, shortly after the Times published their
story on She Said, Bloom released a statement reiterating her apology and and
outlining some of the work her firm has done in the years since:
While painful, I learn so much more from my mistakes than my successes.
To those who missed my 2017 apology, and especially to the women: I am sorry.
Here are the changes I've made to ensure that I will not make that mistake