Lisa Bloom Now Repping Ex-Politician Sued by Bill O'Reilly
Michael Panter was sued by O'Reilly over a Facebook post he wrote about an ex-girlfriend.
High-powered attorney Lisa Bloom is now representing Michael Panter, the former New Jersey politician who was hit with a summons by Bill O'Reilly on Oct. 27 for an Oct. 24 Facebook post he wrote regarding an ex-girlfriend of his who had settled a claim against O'Reilly.
Bloom, the daughter of Gloria Allred, represented Harvey Weinstein before resigning from his team amid widespread criticism in early October.
"Michael Panter made the brave decision to stand with women speaking out against sexual harassment, and we stand with him," Bloom said in a statement on Friday. "I look forward to aggressively litigating this case and to taking Mr. O'Reilly's deposition."
Panter, in the post, recalled that O'Reilly had called his ex-girlfriend and asked for dirt on a "new accuser" that was suing him for sexual harassment. Panter claimed that he was speaking out because his ex-girlfriend was bound by a nondisclosure agreement stemming from her settlement. (He has not named his ex-girlfriend.)
O'Reilly's suit accuses Panter of "intentional, malicious and bad faith actions in making defamatory and false statements in a publicly available social media post."
On Oct. 30, Panter announced plans for a fundraising drive for his legal defense and hinted that his forthcoming legal team "is very well-known in this arena." So far, Panter's GoFundMe campaign has raised $11,205 of his $100,000 goal.
Panter, in the announcement, also said he will hold a press conference in the near future. He has not yet responded to questions from The Hollywood Reporter about how Bloom's involvement came about.