Lisa Bloom: Representing Harvey Weinstein was 'colossal' mistake
Lisa Bloom regrets ever signing on to represent disgraced Hollywood honcho Harvey Weinstein as more and more women have come forward accusing him of sexual misconduct.
The high-powered attorney — who became a champion for women's rights by representing clients like Janice Dickinson against Bill Cosby and Blac Chyna in her revenge porn case against Rob Kardashian — was greatly questioned when news broke she would be representing Weinstein.
"I can see that my just being associated with this was a mistake," Bloom said in an interview with BuzzFeed News posted Saturday morning.
"All I can say is, from my perspective, I thought, 'Here is my chance to get to the root of the problem from the inside. I am usually on the outside throwing stones. Here is my chance to be in the inside and to get a guy to handle this thing in a different way," she explained.
"I thought that would be a positive thing, but clearly it did not go over at all."
Bloom dropped Weinstein as a client on Oct. 7, two days after first singing on, after more allegations mounted against him and she suggested in an email to his team that "there will be more and different reporting" regarding more people coming forward.
Her emails came before the New Yorker published its own bombshell piece where three women accused the film producer of rape.
Just one day prior to dropping Weinstein as a client, Bloom said in an interview that he was an "old dinosaur learning new ways."
"He has acknowledged the mistakes he has made," she said at the time.
She also alluded to the fact he did act illegally during an interview on "Good Morning America."
Bloom's own mother Gloria Allred even acknowledged she wouldn't have signed on for such a case.
"I would have declined, because I do not represent individuals accused of sex harassment," Allred said.
"There is definitely a rift with my mother now," Bloom told BuzzFeed News.
Many were quick to assume that Bloom signed on because of pre-existing relationship with Weinstein. His company was set to turn her book on Trayvon Martin into a television mini-series.
She didn't directly address those rumors, but did shoot down reports that she tried to squash the New York Times and New Yorker stories, BuzzFeed News reported.
"I don't threaten people. That is about all I can say," she said.
"Let's just keep in mind that Harvey has a large team. I can speak for what I did, but I can't speak for what other people might have done," she continued, seemingly shifting the blame.
Kim Masters, the editor-at-large for The Hollywood Reporter, did allege that Bloom tried to squash a story concerning sexual harassment allegations against Amazon Studios chief Roy Price, who was Bloom's former client.
As for what's next for Bloom, she said she certainly has no intention of representing men who are accused of sexual misconduct — even if they "convincingly" tell her they are innocent.
"I will just make the best choices I can out of every situation," she told BuzzFeed News. "I have clearly not been successful. I think anybody who does big bold things fails. And I definitely failed on this one."