A just-released book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalists who helped uncover Harvey Weinstein’s alleged predatory behavior is revealing new details about the disgraced film producer and his legal team’s efforts to discredit the women coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct. She Said, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of the New York Times, includes a memo Weinstein received from attorney Lisa Bloom, in which she shared her strategy for portraying accuser Rose McGowan as a “pathological liar.”
The memo sent by Bloom, a prominent civil rights attorney who worked as a legal adviser to Weinstein before stepping down in October 2017, has gone viral after journalist Yashar Ali posted it on Twitter. In it, Bloom outlines her suggestions for casting doubt on McGowan’s rape accusation while rehabilitating Weinstein’s image with women. These include befriending the former Charmed star in order to work out a deal; planting stories in the press that prey on the actress’s mental health and paint her as “unglued”; setting up a “Weinstein Foundation” to promote gender equality in Hollywood; and undercutting the allegations against him with a televised interview in which he discusses “evolving on women’s issues” without conceding guilt.
I've read @jodikantor @mega2e's book 'She Said,' which comes out today
It's a triumph & it exposes predators AND enablers
That's why asked them if I could post the entire memo Lisa Bloom sent to Harvey Weinstein
Please read it & order their book today: https://t.co/cvVuK9cT9a pic.twitter.com/eNpxVRA3ef
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 10, 2019
“This will be headline-grabbing if you express genuine contrition for anyone who hurt you, while emphasizing it was always adult consensual behavior,” the memo reads.
Elsewhere, Bloom tells Weinstein to “be the hero of your story, not the villain,” and touts her credentials as a civil rights attorney who has represented a number of women in high-profile sexual misconduct cases — experience she says she can use to undermine those making “nasty, unfounded, hurtful rumors.”
“I feel equipped to help you against the Roses of the world, because I have represented so many of them,” she writes. “They start out as impressive, bold women, but the more one presses for evidence, the weaknesses and lies are revealed.”
While McGowan has already called for Bloom to be disbarred, other prominent Hollywood figures are expressing their own outrage and disgust over the memo’s contents. Actresses Mandy Moore and Busy Philipps and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit showrunner Warren Leight were among those decrying the “horrifying” and “rage-inducing” document.
Good god. This memo is hard to stomach and wrap your head around. My thoughts are with all victims of trauma & abuse and I’ve already ordered @jodikantor and @mega2e’s incredibly important Book “She Said”. I think it’s going to be a harrowing bu necessary read. #SheSaidBook https://t.co/fBmjAfaUi1
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) September 10, 2019
Having a hard time finding the words for the Lisa Bloom memo. Stunning? Sickening? Gut wrenchingly awful?? Rage inducing? Not to mention, how beyond horrible if you are a victim she currently represents and you read this memo. Also. Buying 'She Said' today. https://t.co/vNuDY3gngB
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) September 10, 2019
On Monday, Bloom was also called out by former client Kathy Griffin, who accused her of mishandling her case.
E) Here’s @lisabloom on the day she resigned as Harvey Weinstein’s attorney. Lisa, I tried that therapy, turns out it didn’t stop two federal agencies from investigating me and considering charging me with the crime of conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States pic.twitter.com/uGLJeyDL3A
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) September 9, 2019
One day earlier, Bloom shared an apology on Twitter, noting that “I learn so much more from my mistakes than my successes.” Her message was met with fierce criticism from the likes of sisters Patricia and Rosanna Arquette — the latter being one of Weinstein’s many accusers.
While painful, I learn so much more from my mistakes than my successes.
To those who missed my 2017 apology, and especially to the women: I am sorry.
Here are the changes I've made to ensure that I will not make that mistake again. pic.twitter.com/FSSl3qrFjQ
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) September 8, 2019
When the first woman went on record accusing him you resigned? Because you knew it would impact you badly? Wow. The Roses of the world deserve better.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 9, 2019
I want justice for the women that are survivors of Epstein. I hope you do that! in the mean time weinstein and Epstein were friends and Weinstein shattered lives and careers. So many people have protected these predators. By destroying many of us , it must stop now.
— Rosanna Arquette✌🏼🇺🇸 (@RoArquette) September 8, 2019
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