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Feminist attorney helped protect Weinstein and Nasser from exposure

By tovarichpeter follow tovarichpeter   2019 Sep 8, 1:33pm 84 views   0 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/08/books/harvey-weinstein-book-kantor-twohey.html



“She Said” shows how some figures who have presented themselves as allies of victims have profited from financial settlements that silence them.

The attorney Gloria Allred is one of the most vocal crusaders against sexual harassment and assault. Privately, her firm helped negotiate a settlement that muffled one of Mr. Weinstein’s victims in 2004, taking a 40 percent cut. (The firm has also worked on settlements that silenced victims of Larry Nassar and Bill O’Reilly.) In an interview for “She Said,” Allred defends her use of confidential settlements, arguing that clients are not forced to sign them and often prefer them for reasons of privacy.

Allred’s daughter, the lawyer Lisa Bloom, a prominent victims’ rights attorney, was working behind the scenes with Mr. Weinstein — at a rate of $895 an hour — to quash the journalists’ investigation and thwart his accusers. In a confidential memo to Mr. Weinstein that Ms. Bloom wrote in December 2016, which is reproduced in “She Said,” she offered to help him damage the reputation of one of his accusers, Rose McGowan, and portrayed her background as a victims’s rights advocate as an asset.
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