Harvey Weinstein's Lawyer Quits After Two Days As Democrats Scramble To Distance Themselves

Harvey Weinstein's attorney Lisa Bloom cut ties suddenly with her "radioactive" movie mogul client in a terse Saturday tweet.

“I have resigned as an advisor to Harvey Weinstein,” wrote Bloom - ironically a women’s rights advocate - who was brought in after the Miramax Films co-founder was accused by the NYT of spending decades sexually harassing the women he worked with. “My understanding is that Mr. Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement.”

In a statement issued Thursday, Bloom said she was brought in to assist Harvey in using this “painful learning experience to grow into a better man.” The attorney also promised that “I will continue to work with him personally for as long as it takes."

Apparently, it took 2 days.

Bloom did not elaborate what the agreement involving Weinstein might entail. Weinstein, 65, was suspended indefinitely Friday by company officials, including his brother Bob, amid devastating allegations  of three decades of inappropriate behavior. Among those accusing Weinstein are actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan.

According to Variety and the NY Post, brother Bob Weinstein was among those executives calling for his brother’s firing. Miramax also brought in attorney John Kiernan to conduct an internal company probe of Harvey Weinstein's conduct amid reports that fellow executives wanted him out.

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Meanwhile, Democrats - until this week proud recipients of Weinstein's financial generosity - are rushing to distance themselves from the suddenly "radioactive" film producer.  According to The Hill, nearly a dozen Democratic senators, including Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and several potential 2020 presidential contenders, are pledging to donate the contributions they’ve received from Weinstein over the years to nonprofit groups advocating for women who have been the victims of sexual abuse.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) will give the money it received from Weinstein in the most recent campaign cycle to a trio of women’s groups (although in retrospect, they should probably also spend some on server protection and antivirus software). However, the DNC quickly came under fire for only donating a fraction of what it had received from Weinstein over the years, and for giving the money to political organizations rather than those that support victimized women.

“The allegations in the New York Times report are deeply troubling,” DNC communications director Xochitl Hinojosa told The Hill. “The Democratic Party condemns all forms of sexual harassment and assault. We hope that Republicans will do the same as we mark one year since the release of a tape showing President Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women followed by more than a dozen women who came forward to detail similar experiences of assault and harassment.”

Meanwhile, the Democratic campaign committees in Washington are working with lawmakers and their campaigns to assess how much Weinstein — whose donations date back to the early 1990s — might have given to their candidates and organizations.

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Weinstein’s association with the Democratic Party runs deep. He has long been one of the most prominent figures on the donor circuit that runs through Hollywood. Many Democrats expressed disgust that Weinstein would open the party up to the same attacks they’ve levied against President Trump, whose “Access Hollywood” tape broke almost a year ago.

“The difference between Trump, Bill Cosby and Weinstein — none,” said Bob Mulholland, a Democratic National Committee member from California.

The Democratic disavowal of Weinstein began quickly after the publication of the Times story.

  • Schumer said he would give $14,200 received over the course of several campaign cycles to women’s groups, his office told The Hill.
  • Elizabeth Warren will donate the $5,000 she got from Weinstein to a Boston nonprofit group called Casa Myrna, which aids victims of domestic violence. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) will give $7,800 to the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
  • Al Franken is returning the most money — $19,600 given to both his campaign and a supporting super PAC — to the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center. And Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is giving $11,800 — none of which was received in the most recent cycle — to RAINN, the nation’s largest group assisting victims of sexual violence.
  • Richard Blumenthal, Martin Heinrich, Bob Casey, and Patrick Leahy are among other lawmakers donating Weinstein’s contributions to women’s groups.

The amount of money the lawmakers received from Weinstein pales in comparison to what he has given to the DNC and the Democratic Senate and House campaign arms.

In total, Weinstein has given at least a quarter of a million dollars to the DNC over the years, with about $30,000 of that coming in the latest cycle. The DNC is giving the $30,000 to EMILY’s List, which supports women candidates that support abortion rights, Emerge America, which recruits and trains Democratic women for office, and Higher Heights, which supports black women running for office.

Weinstein’s influence went beyond his wallet. He was a top draw at Democratic fundraisers for former President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, where tickets could run upwards of $35,000.

In 2015, Weinstein and his wife, Georgina Chapman, a fashion designer, hosted a fundraiser for Clinton in New York City, along with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour.  Weinstein had also teamed up with Wintour for at least two fundraisers for Obama in 2012, where a top-flight roster of liberal donors paid $35,800 to co-host and individuals paid $10,000 each to get in.

Spokespeople for Obama and Clinton did not respond to requests for comment.

Republicans hammered Democrats for the Weinstein connection, eagerly highlighting those who have yet to return funds he’s given dating back to 1993. "During three-decades worth of sexual harassment allegations, Harvey Weinstein lined the pockets of Democrats to the tune of three quarters of a million dollars,” said Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. “If Democrats and the DNC truly stand up for women like they say they do, then returning this dirty money should be a no brainer."

Democrats were in no mood to hear that from Republicans, pointing to Trump’s own controversies and those at Fox News, where former chairman Roger Ailes and former anchor Bill O’Reilly were forced out amid sexual harassment accusations.


“The entire Republican Party, from the grass roots to the establishment, stayed with Donald Trump after they’d been made aware about what he said on the “Access Hollywood” tape,” said Jon Reinish, a Democratic consultant. “They all went on Bill O’Reilly and kissed Roger Ailes’ ring. I don’t want to hear from Republicans because they don’t have a leg to stand on here.”

Still, Democrats were doing their own soul searching about whether they had turned a blind eye toward Weinstein’s behavior, which was long the subject of rumors in Hollywood.

“There’s no question that for a long time Harvey was a mover and shaker and presence around fundraising structure of the party at a high level, he brought star wattage,” said one Democratic strategist.

“When the rumors are out there, whether about Harvey or someone else, all too many times they’ve turned out to be true. We need to do a better job of being true to our values and looking at the full picture, not just what someone can do for our movement.”


macholatte Son of Loki Sat, 10/07/2017 - 14:38 Permalink

 The Hollywood Plantation breeding hypocrites like the rats they are. How many have made tons of money promoting and participating in violence? How many have used their skills to warp the minds of young people?  Now we are supposed to believe they have some kind of social conscience because they have thrown one of their own overboard?Bra ha ha! 

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nmewn jcaz Sun, 10/08/2017 - 07:39 Permalink

...and the notably silent actresses are......Nicole Kidman, Penepole Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler, Judi Dench etc. so, what can we possibly infer by their silence?I mean, they are NEVER at a loss for words in expressing their opinions on other errrf shattering topics ;-)

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Déjà view Scuba Steve Sun, 10/08/2017 - 03:48 Permalink

Déjà vu...all over again...taken with a grain of Kosher Dead Sea Salt...

When it comes to the casting couch, Marilyn Monroe is an interesting example. Dubbed one of the earliest “bimbos” in the Fifties (on early film sets it stood for “body immaculate, brains optional”) the lush Monroe submitted to the casting couch to propel her from plain Norma Jeane Mortenson to international fame. She dismissed the trading of sex for stardom airily as “no big tragedy – nobody ever got cancer from sex” and added: “I’ve slept with producers. I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t.”

Other comments, however, ­suggest she wasn’t so laissez-faire about the whole business. When 20th Century Fox awarded Monroe the richest contract of any actress in 1955 she triumphantly declared: “It means I’ll never have to suck another **** again!”

She even warned Joan Collins about the lascivious “wolves” in Hollywood and revealed a particularly unpleasant experience with the notoriously lecherous Harry Cohn, one of the original kings of the casting couch who was head of Columbia Pictures from 1919 to the Fifties. Cohn apparently invited Monroe to an overnight cruise on his yacht where she was required to strip naked for him – but when she declined his advances (so she sometimes did) Monroe recalled, “I had never seen a man so angry.”

Cohn vies with Darryl F Zanuck as the man who invented the casting couch and it was said Cohn had the original one in a secret annexe off his office. Zanuck, meanwhile, was an enthusiastic womaniser and the head of 20th Century Fox from 1935. He was famously “in ­conference” with a number of ­aspiring actresses between 4pm and 4.30pm every afternoon.


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FatTony7915726 Winston Churchill Sat, 10/07/2017 - 15:51 Permalink

These mofo jews love fucking the goyim woman, Anthony Weiner, Harvey Weinstein & Jeff Epstein.  Weinstein is the Amon Goeth (Nazi in Schlindlers List) and he wants to fuck every Helen Hirsch!!!Hillary Clinton sure does surround herself with a lot of sexual predators. I am serious! Her husband, Anthony Weiner, Harvey Weinstein, Jeff Epstein, and John Podesta!!Evil attracts evil, but the ties to this woman are insane.. This is worth investigating to some extent, but then again so was investigating further the death of Vince Foster!

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J S Bach CheapBastard Sat, 10/07/2017 - 18:48 Permalink

Don't these dumb bimbo broads know that Mr. Weinstein is one of those (((speciall))) people?  Sheeesh.  You'd think they'd understand that those of the tribe are exempt from the normal rules and decorum of society.  After all, they are extensions of God Himself on Earth.  Therefore, they should be able to do anything their little black hearts desire, whether it's rape, usury, lying, cheating, deceiving, scamming, filching, war mongering... whatever.

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Conscious Reviver J S Bach Sat, 10/07/2017 - 20:42 Permalink

Harvey just chants some Kol Nidrei and all is forgiven ... in advance.http://rense.com/general45/kol.htm"The Kol Nidre is the holiest Jewish prayer and is recited several times on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It means "all vows" and is a flat statement that no promise of any kind will be kept for the coming year. It is also sung by the cantor in synagogue, accompanied on the violin and goes like this: "All vows, obligations, oaths or anathemas, pledges of all names, which we have vowed, sworn, devoted, or bound ourselves to, from this day of atonement, until the next day of atonement (whose arrival we hope for in happiness) we repent, aforehand, of them all, they shall all be deemed absolved, forgiven, annulled, void and made of no effect; they shall not be binding, nor have any power; the vows shall not be reckoned as vows, the obligations shall not be obligatory, nor the oaths considered as oaths." 

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Got The Wrong No HopefulCynical Sat, 10/07/2017 - 16:19 Permalink

 “The Democratic Party condemns all forms of sexual harassment and assault. We hope that Republicans will do the same as we mark one year since the release of a tape showing President Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women followed by more than a dozen women who came forward to detail similar experiences of assault and harassment.” Trump said he could grab pussy if he wanted. He didn't say he did, and what happened to all those women that came forward right before the election and claimed harassment? Crickets. Hillary brought them in as a diversion away from Bill. Total BS. This whole statement is a diversion and an effort to change the focus to Trump. Dems are scumbags. 

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waspwench HopefulCynical Sun, 10/08/2017 - 01:45 Permalink

Exactly.   All Trump did was to state that if you are sufficiently wealthy then a lot of avaricious women will tolerate your behaving like a misogynistic predator in the hopes of getting their paw on some of your cash.  There is no indication that he ever took advantage of this fact.   He simply stated that it was a fact.The media, as usual, twists what Trump says and attributes to him behaviour for which there is no evidence.

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