Victim Advocate Lisa Bloom Defends Work for Harvey Weinstein: ‘He Is Reading Books, Going to Therapy’

Weinstein is also adapting one of Bloom’s books into a TV series

Prolific sexual harassment and assault attorney Lisa Bloom is defending her representation of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who stands accused by numerous women of sexual misconduct throughout his storied career.

Bloom is practically synonymous with victims in the space, having represented accusers in bombshell cases against Bill Cosby and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly. In a statement released on Thursday, Bloom defended advising Weinstein throughout the reporting and publication of an explosive New York Times report about his behavior.

In the report, actress Ashley Judd went on the record about an incident in Weinstein’s hotel room years ago, and several other employees spoke anonymously about a toxic work environment for women at Weinstein’s movie companies Miramax and TWC.

“As a women’s rights advocate, I have been blunt with Harvey and he has listened to me,” Bloom said. “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.”

Bloom also disclosed their working relationship — The Weinstein Co. is developing one Bloom’s books into a miniseries.

“As we work together on a project bringing my book to the screen, he has always been respectful toward me,” Bloom said.

“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,” she continued.

Read Bloom’s full remarks:

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.