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Lisa Bloom has resigned as Harvey Weinstein’s adviser, she announced Saturday.
“I have resigned as an advisor to Harvey Weinstein. My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement,” she wrote in a tweet.
The news comes after The Weinstein Co. announced on Friday evening that Weinstein would be taking an “indefinite leave of absence” following the bombshell Oct. 5 report by The New York Times detailing decades of sexual-harassment accusations against him. The TWC board also announced it will be hiring an outside law firm to investigate the claims of sexual harassment at the company.
Shortly after Bloom’s announcement, New York Times investigative reporter Jodi Kantor reported that Lanny Davis, another member of Weinstein’s crisis-management team and former special counsel to Bill Clinton, was also leaving. “Update: Lanny Davis is out too. Harvey Weinstein’s crisis management team appears to be dissolving even as new q’s about his future pile up,” she wrote.
Bloom had previously defended Weinstein on Thursday, calling him “an old dinosaur learning new ways.”
“Harvey is not going to demean or attack any of the women making accusations against him, although he does dispute many of the allegations,” Bloom said in a statement. “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.”
On April 7, Bloom had announced that her 2014 book, Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin, would be used as source material for a six-part Weinstein Co.-produced docuseries, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.
The news of Bloom’s departure follows the announcement that three members of the nine-member, all-male board of The Weinstein Co. have also resigned, including Dirk Ziff, Tim Sarnoff and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry. The Democratic National Committee is also giving away more than $30,000 of donations it received from Weinstein.
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