Lisa Bloom Says She Made ‘Colossal Mistake’ in Advising Harvey Weinstein

One week ago today, Lisa Bloom resigned as an advisor to Harvey Weinstein. In a new interview today, she acknowledges her involvement in the first place was a “colossal mistake.”

BuzzFeed News has an interview with Bloom out today in which she says the following:

“I can see that my just being associated with this was a mistake. 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.’ I thought that would be a positive thing, but clearly it did not go over at all.”

No, it did not. Even her mother, Gloria Allred, put out a public statement saying, “Had I been asked by Mr. Weinstein to represent him, I would have declined, because I do not represent individuals accused of sex harassment.”

Bloom––who announced in April that Weinstein was producing a miniseries adaptation of her book––does claim that she was shocked as more and more came out about Weinstein’s behavior:

For her part, Bloom said that when she agreed to help Weinstein with his anger and bombastic workplace attitude, she was totally unaware of the sexual misconduct rumors. So as the news reports piled up, she was “absolutely shocked.”

“I am not an actress…this may be something that they knew about, but I did not,” Bloom said. “Before all this became public, there were plenty of people who thought he was a great guy. So we have to be careful about looking at things in hindsight. I think many people who worked with him did not know.”

And then there was the reporting that Bloom was planning to discredit Weinstein’s accusers. Bloom denied this last week…

…and gave this explanation to BuzzFeed:

“What I said is, there will be more and different reporting, there will be photos, etc. Because — and this was the email I sent on Thursday, it just got reported later — Thursday was the day the NYT broke, and every news outlet in the world was contacting us with, ‘We have photos, we have information, we have this and we have this, and what are your comments,’” Bloom said. “We knew this was going to be a huge news story and people were going to approach it from a lot of different angles, and what I advocated in the two emails, which you can read in full in the Huffington Post, was let Harvey go get help, do a full investigation, get to the bottom of these allegations….I didn’t think that would be controversial.”

Bloom does say she does not plan to represent men like Weinstein again.

[image via screengrab]

— —

Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Have a tip we should know?

Filed Under:

Follow Mediaite:

Josh Feldman is a Senior Editor at Mediaite. Email him here: Follow him on Twitter: @feldmaniac