On Friday, The Hill reported that prominent feminist attorney Lisa Bloom offered tremendous amounts of cash — in one case, $750,000 — to women accusing President Trump of sexual harassment.
According to The Hill:
A well-known women’s rights lawyer sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews.
California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.
The women’s accounts were chronicled in contemporaneous contractual documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The Hill, including an exchange of texts between one woman and Bloom that suggested political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were contacted during the effort.
“Donors reached out to my firm directly to help some of the women I represented,” Bloom said.
She also admitted her firm takes a 33 percent commission when arranging a paid media appearance on behalf of a client.
“Our standard pro bono agreement for legal services provides that if a media entity offers to compensate a client for sharing his or her story we receive a percentage of those fees,” she said. “This rarely happens. But, on occasion, a case generates media interest and sometimes (not always) a client may receive an appearance fee.”
The Daily Caller added:
Bloom, who represented the Bill Cosby and Bill O’Reilly accusers, established a crowdfunding campaign for former beauty contestant manager Jill Harth after the media exposed her 1997 sexual harassment lawsuit against Trump in the summer of 2016. Harth contacted Bloom to represent her in the fall after Trump publicly denied her allegations. Bloom later arranged her for a donor to pay off the mortgage on Hart’s Queens, N.Y. apartment.
“Nothing that you’ve said to me about my mortgage or the Go Fund Me that was created to help me out financially affects the facts or the veracity of my 1997 federal complaint against Donald J. Trump for sexual harassment and assault,” Hart told The Hill.
As readers may recall, former Fox News talker Bill O’Reilly said his attorneys are in possession of an audio recording of a female attorney offering a woman $200,000 to make claims against Trump. That tape, he said, contains evidence of at least three crimes.
According to The Hill, one woman was reluctant to accept any money from Bloom and said she supported Trump over Clinton. Nevertheless, the demands for money increased (Emphasis added):
“Another donor has reached out to me offering relocation/security for any woman coming forward. I’m trying to reach him,” Bloom texted the woman on Nov. 3, 2016. Later she added, “Call me I have good news.”
The woman responded that she wasn’t impressed with the new offer of $100,000 given that she had a young daughter. “Hey after thinking about all this, I need more than $100,000.00. College money would be nice” for her daughter. “Plus relocation fees, as we discussed.”
The figured jumped to $200,000 in a series of phone calls with Bloom that week, according to the woman. The support was promised to be tax-free and also included changing her identity and relocating, according to documents and interviews.
Bloom told The Hill that the woman asked for money as high as $2 million in the conversations, an amount that was a nonstarter, but the lawyer confirmed she tried to arrange donations to the woman in the low six figures.
O’Reilly never named the attorney, but we can’t help but wonder if Bloom is the attorney on that recording.
- Bill O’Reilly: Tape of anti-Trump ‘person’ offering cash for sex claims against Trump contains ‘at least three crimes’
- Bill O’Reilly: Tape of Lawyer Offering Woman $200,000 To Accuse Trump of Harassment
- Attorney Lisa Bloom suggests whites don’t deserve civil rights in wake of DOJ announcement
- Kathy Griffin to hold press conference to play victim card, claim ‘bullying’ from Trump family
- Report: Trump to be sued for sexual harassment
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