California Attorney Lisa Bloom has been exposed offering as much as $750,000 to women who could potentially accuse candidate Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. Two of the women refused large sums of money.
Bloom is the daughter of noted women’s rights activist Attorney Gloria Allred, who initially defended Harvey Weinstein against his allegations of sexual misconduct.
California woman’s rights Attorney Lisa Bloom operated behind a scheme to compensate Trump accusers and potential accusers using money from donors and tabloid media outlets during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, in an effort which intensified as the election neared, report John Solomon and Alison Spann of The Hill.
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 Hill
The various accounts of Bloom’s scheme were detailed in documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The Hill, and come on the heels of Bill O’Reilly’s claim that there is a secret tape of a women who was offered $200,000 to file sexual harassment charges against Trump. It is unknown whether or not O’Reilly’s claim is related to Bloom’s activities.
Bloom, the daughter of activist Attorney Gloria Allred who initially defended Harvey Weinstein against sexual assault allegations earlier this year and was publicly shamed by anti-Trump comedian Kathy Griffin, represented four women considering launching allegations against Trump last year. Two of the women went public, while the other two declined.
Bloom says that the goal of her accusation mill was to simply raise funds to help women “relocate or arrange security if they felt unsafe during the waning days of a vitriolic election.” With a commission to Bloom as high as 33 percent, if she was able to sell their stories to media outlets.
“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. This rarely happens. But, on occasion, a case generates media interest and sometimes (not always) a client may receive an appearance fee,” said Bloom.
One client of Bloom’s who received money was Trump accuser Jill Harth, who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Trump in 1997, but withdrew it after Trump settled a separate lawsuit from Harth and her boyfriend for alleged breach of contract when trump backed out of a business deal. After Bloom began representing Harth, she arranged for a donor to help Harth pay off her Queens, NY mortgage, which was recorded as extinguished on Dec. 19, 2016. Bloom also “arranged a small payment from the licensing of some photos to the news media, then set up a GoFundMe page for Harth’s benefit which raised a little over $2,300.