In an exclusive, the Hill reports attorney Lisa Bloom, who represented two women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct and two women who considered doing so during the 2016 election, sought to get the women paid.
Bloom offered to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets-and arrange compensation from donors for those who came forward with allegations against President Trump, The Hill reported Friday, citing documents, emails and text messages between Bloom and the women.
That woman who chose not to come forward made a decision to tell her story to The Hill after learning that Bloom was representing embattled producer Harvey Weinstein (an attorney-client relationship that ended very publicly after rape allegations surfaced).
Bloom told one prospective accuser that political action committees supporting Hillary Clinton were also contacted as part of the effort, though details about that connection were scarce. “She accuses reporter John Solomon of “‘weaponizing’ stories about progressives like me to feed to Fox News“.
Bloom, who is the daughter of famous attorney Gloria Allred and, like her mother, specializes in representing women in sexual harassment cases, worked for four women who were considering accusing Trump.
“Multiple donors then contacted me out of the blue with offers to ensure the safety of women who might still come forward”.
Bloom, in her Twitter statement, explained that when she takes on cases for free, or at a reduced fee, she includes in the contract that the firm will take one-third of any payment the client receives as a media fee.
Bloom denied having contact with Hillary Clinton or her campaign.
She asked Bloom to represent her in the fall after hearing Trump describe her allegations against him as false, and became a vocal critic of Trump. “This rarely happens. But, on occasion, a case generates media interest and sometimes (not always) a client may receive an appearance fee”, she told The Hill. “I consider myself lucky to have had Lisa Bloom by my side after my old lawsuit resurfaced”. Eventually, she says, she went to Bloom and the lawyer “guided [her] with who to tell the story as it was being done anyway inaccurately without [her] saying a word”.
The report said that clients told The Hill that Bloom sought to arrange compensation for them from “donors and tabloid media outlets”.
Bloom also arranged for a donor to make a larger contribution – less than $30,000 – to help Harth pay off the mortgage on her Queens apartment, the website reported. The women reportedly decided not to accept the offer in the end. “Some clients asked for small photo licensing fees while others wanted more to protect their security”, she said.
Harth alleges that in 1993, Trump pushed her up against a wall at Mar-a-Lago and groped her, trying to get his hands under her dress, The Hill reported.
The Hill reported the documents it reviewed also revealed Bloom’s “strong dislike” for Trump, and in one communication she referred to him as a “sick predator”.