Director Brett Ratner is the latest to join the growing line of powerful Hollywood men accused by several different women of sexual harassment and/or assault.
This morning, the Los Angeles Times published an article featuring interviews with six different women—including Natasha Henstridge, Olivia Munn, Jaime Ray Newman, and Eri Sasaki—detailing the sexual misconduct Ratner allegedly subjected them to.
Throughout the piece Ratner’s lawyer fires back at his accusers with increasingly ridiculous defenses:
But there is another lawyer in town who has taken the opportunity to assert her way back into the good graces of, uh, people who don’t defend serial predators.
That’s right: Lisa Bloom—the woman who was advising Harvey Weinstein when news first broke of his own horrific sexual misconduct; the woman who was caught writing emails noting that there were photos of some of Weinstein’s victims smiling with him; the woman who allegedly called Ronan Farrow to offer “files” on Rose McGowan’s sexual history to discredit her allegation that Weinstein raped her—is still trying to hold onto her image as an advocate for women.
Bloom’s turn to the dark side was certainly jarring: we’re talking about the daughter of Gloria Allred who had represented a number of female Hollywood celebrities—including Kathy Griffin during her Trump-“bullying” debacle and Janice Dickinson when she alleged Bill Cosby had raped her—and assisted a number of former Fox News employees in filing complaints of harassment against Bill O’Reilly. But of course, seeing as how Weinstein was producing a mini-series based on Bloom’s book on Trayvon Martin, it was probably a little financially complicated to seek actual justice from the man paying your checks.
So, nevertheless, Bloom allegedly persisted in trying to get articles about Weinstein and another one of her clients, former Amazon Studios executive Roy Price, killed. She then said helping Weinstein was a “colossal mistake” and, with today’s tweet, is clearly trying to move on. But while the survivors of sexual harassment and abuse should get all the support they can, for Lisa Bloom, it’s too little, too late.