Lisa Bloom, daughter to Gloria Allred, is a well-known women’s rights lawyer. Interestingly enough she attempted to get donors and the tabloid media to pay women who made or ‘considered making’ sexual harassment accusations against the then presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The Hill reported leaked documents and interviews revealed this information.
Bloom’s efforts to bribe the women included trying to sell the stories to TV outlets in return for a cut of the pie herself, attempting to get a donor to pay one accuser’s mortgage and even thought of securing a 6-figure check for “another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.”
Via The Hill: The women’s accounts were chronicled in contemporaneous contractual documents, emails and text messages reviewed by The Hill, including an exchange of texts between one woman and Bloom that suggested political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were contacted during the effort.
“Donors reached out to my firm directly to help some of the women I represented,” said Bloom.
“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,” she continued.
“As a private law firm we have significant payroll, rent, taxes, insurance and other expenses every week, so an arrangement where we might receive some compensation to defray our costs seems reasonable to us and is agreed to by our clients,” Bloom added.
The feminist lawyer also added that the compensation was never a way to bribe the accusers.
Bloom said her goal in securing money was not to pressure the women to come forward, but rather to help them relocate or arrange security if they felt unsafe during the waning days of a vitriolic election. She declined to identify any of the donors.
And while she noted she represented sexual harassment victims for free or at reduced rates, she also acknowledged a standard part of her contracts required women to pay her commissions as high as 33 percent if she sold their stories to media outlets.
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