Harvey Weinstein attends Apollo in the Hamptons at The Creeks on August 12, 2017 in East Hampton, New York
Litigator to the stars Gloria Allred said on Thursday that if she was in her daughter’s shoes, she would not represent embattled movie studio head Harvey Weinstein.
Allred, known for taking high-profile and often controversial cases, released a statement saying that her daughter, Lisa Bloom, is protecting the wrong side.
‘Had I been asked by Mr. Weinstein to represent him, I would have declined, because I do not represent individuals accused of sex harassment,’ Allred said.
‘I only represent those who allege that they are victims of sexual harassment,’ she added.
‘While I would not represent Mr. Weinstein, I would consider representing anyone who accused Mr. Weinstein of sexual harassment, even if it meant that my daughter was the opposing counsel,’ she said.
Lawyer Gloria Allred said unlike her daughter, she would not represent embattled producer Harvey Weinstein (Pictured: September 9, 2017)
Lisa Bloom, Allred’s daughter, said she has been counseling and advising Weinstein for a year
The celebrity attorney made the comments on the heels of an explosive New York Times report published Thursday claiming that Weinstein had been sexually harassing female employees for decades.
The paper said that Weinstein had paid out settlements to at least eight different women.
The Times also noted that Weinstein is currently being represented by Bloom, who has been advising the powerful producer for over a year ‘on gender and power dynamics.’
Earlier on Thursday, Bloom released her own statement.
‘As a women’s rights advocate, I have been blunt with Harvey and he has listened to me,’ she said.
Harvey Weinstein (Picture: October 5, 2017) d) arrives home from to his Brownstone in the West Village after saying he would be taking a sabbatical from heading his studio
‘I have told him that times have changed, it is 2017, and he needs to evolve to a higher standard. I have found Harvey to be refreshingly candid and receptive to my message. He has acknowledged mistakes he has made.’
He is reading books and going to therapy. He is an old dinosaur learning new ways,’ she added.
Bloom’s relationship with Weinstein and his company is not purely a client-attorney dynamic.
Back in March, Bloom’s book, Suspicion Nation, about the Trayvon Martin case, was optioned by the powerful Hollywood executive.
The Oscar-winning founder of film company Miramax is also said to have asked Ashley Judd to watch him shower and paid Rose McGowan $100,000 under a settlement for an incident shortly before her breakthrough role in ‘Scream’.
Following the Times report, Weinstein released a statement saying that ‘the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it’.
Weinstein added that he is stepping away from his role at Mirimax for a temporary sabbatical.
Lisa Bloom’s Full Statement
‘Harvey Weinstein and I have had many wide ranging conversations over the last year about rumors and allegations against him. He denies many of the accusations as patently false. Nevertheless, I have explained to him that due to the power difference between a major studio head like him and most others in the industry, whatever his motives, some of his words and behaviors can be perceived as inappropriate, even intimidating.
As a women’s rights advocate, I have been blunt with Harvey and he has listened to me. I have told him that times have changed, it is 2017, and he needs to evolve to a higher standard. I have found Harvey to be refreshingly candid and receptive to my message. He has acknowledged mistakes he has made. He is reading books and going to therapy. He is an old dinosaur learning new ways. He wants to reach out to any of the women who may have issues with him to talk to them in a respectful, peaceful way, with me present if that is acceptable to them. He has been working on a major foundation with USC with one of the largest grants for female directors, which started well over a year ago. And as we work together on a project bringing my book to the screen, he has always been respectful toward me.
He is deeply bothered by his some of his emotional responses. He has been working on his temper for over ten years and is chagrined the issue still plagues him. He recognizes he needs time off to focus on this issue and has much to learn. He wants to reach out to teachers with expertise in this area.
Harvey is not going to demean or attack any of the women making accusations against him, although he does dispute many of the allegations. Instead, he is going to use this as a painful learning experience to grow into a better man. I will continue to work with him personally for as long as it takes.
In addition, Harvey has asked me to do a comprehensive review of his company’s policies and practices regarding women in the workplace. I will make recommendations to ensure that gender equality and zero tolerance for workplace misconduct aren’t just goals, but a reality.’