Lisa Bloom (née Bray; born September 20, 1961) is an American civil rights attorney known for representing women whose sexual harassment claims precipitated the firing of Bill O'Reilly from Fox News and for advising Harvey Weinstein amid sexual abuse allegations.
After graduating from law school, Bloom began her career in New York and by 1991 worked at her mother’s law firm, Allred, Maroko & Goldberg, assisting in unsuccessfully suing the Boy Scouts of America for sex discrimination on behalf of Katrina Yeaw, a girl who wanted to join the organization. While at her mother’s firm, Bloom also filed a child sexual abuse suit against the Roman Catholic Church and sued the LAPD.
At the Bloom Firm, Bloom has represented several notable clients, including model and actress Janice Dickinson in her defamation case against comedian Bill Cosby, as well as model and actress Mischa Barton in her revenge porn case. Model Blac Chyna later hired Bloom to obtain a temporary restraining order against socialite Rob Kardashian, with whom Chyna shares a daughter, Dream. Amid a series of sexual abuse allegations against powerful men in entertainment and media, and following a BuzzFeed report detailing a sexual harassment settlement paid out of Representative John Conyers’ office budget, Bloom represented Marion Brown, who spoke to BuzzFeed off the record and later came forward publicly to allege harassment by Conyers.
During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Bloom offered to represent four women who said they had sexual misconduct allegations against presidential candidate Donald Trump. Two of these women came forward with their allegations, including Jill Harth and Lisa Boyne, and two who did not, including a woman from Virginia and an unnamed client called "Jane Doe" who claimed that Trump had raped her when she was thirteen years old.
Bloom received significant media attention after Harvey Weinstein was accused of serial sexual harassment. According to an October 2017 article in The New York Times, Bloom acknowledged advising Weinstein on power dynamics and harassment, calling him "an old dinosaur learning new ways" and asserting that "he denies many of the accusations as patently false". Bloom's advising role, which she had held since the Fall of 2016, was pilloried in the media for its dissonance with Bloom's prior representation of sexual assault victims, with some calling her book adaptation deal with The Weinstein Company, signed during Weinstein's tenure as co-chairman, a conflict of interest.
Bloom also represented former Amazon Studios president Roy Price amid sexual harassment allegations, but said her representation of Price concluded before Price's accuser Isa Hackett "went public".
Following a controversial 2017 photo shoot in which comedienne Kathy Griffin clenched a severed and bloodied head resembling President Donald Trump, Bloom held a joint press conference with Griffin, then her client, to address the controversy.
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