Today, The Hill dropped a bombshell exclusive detailing how a women’s rights lawyer worked to get compensation from donors to pay women to come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the 2016 election. California lawyer Lisa Bloom offered to sell their stories to the media while taking a nice commission for herself. She even offered to pay off an accusers mortgage.
Bloom also tried to pay another woman $750,000 to come forward. The unidentified woman refused to take the deal and remains anonymous. The Hill obtained all sorts of records nailing Bloom for the political chicanery:
“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.
“Bloom, who has assisted dozens of women in prominent harassment cases and also defended film executive Harvey Weinstein earlier this year, represented four women considering making accusations against Trump last year. Two went public, and two declined.”
In an interview with The Hill, Bloom admitted she tried to secure donations for the women who made or considered making allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump:
“’Donors reached out to my firm directly to help some of the women I represented,’ said Bloom, whose clients have also included accusers of Bill Cosby and Bill O’Reilly.
“’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 said.
“’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.”
Bloom claims she never had any contact with the Clinton campaign. However, she refused to answer whether she had contact with any Super PACs that supported Hillary Clinton.
The Hill also confirmed that one of the accusers who received benefits from Bloom was Jill Harth. Harth was a former beauty contestant manager who filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump in 1997 over sexual harassment. She ultimately withdrew the suit. Bloom managed to send her a payment of $2,300 from a GoFundMe.com account in October 2016. She then arranged for a larger contribution from an undisclosed donor in the amount of $30,000 which was used to pay off her Queens, NY mortgage. Harth denied the money had anything to do with her coming forward:
“’Nothing that you’ve said to me about my mortgage or the Go Fund Me that was created to help me out financially affects the facts or the veracity of my 1997 federal complaint against Donald J. Trump for sexual harassment and assault,’ she told The Hill.”
“’Having to retell my experiences of Donald Trump’s harassment is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.’”
Bloom made a strong effort to influence the election by lobbying for other women to come forward:
“And when a potential client abruptly backed out of a pre-election news conference where she was supposed to allege she was sexually assaulted at age 13, Bloom turned her attention to another woman.
“That woman, Harth’s friend, went back and forth for weeks with Bloom in 2016 about going public with an allegation of an unsolicited advance by Trump on the 1990s beauty contest circuit.
“’Give us a clear sense of what you need and we will see if it we can get it,’ Bloom texted the woman a week before Election Day.
“’I’m scared Lisa. I can’t relocate. I don’t like taking other people’s money,’ the woman wrote to Bloom.
“’Ok let’s not do this then,’ Bloom responded. ‘We are just about out of time anyway.’
“The woman then texted back demanding to know why there was a deadline. “What does time have to do with this? Time to bury Trump??? You want my story to bury trump [sic] for what? Personal gain? See that ‘s why I have trust issues!!”
Bloom offered the woman $10,000, which she said would be offered to her favorite church. But the woman in question was actually still a Trump supporter. Bloom requested that she cover her tracks and delete a social media post indicating her support for him. She declined, indicating she would rather have Trump as president instead of Hillary Clinton. Bloom later upped her offer to $50,000, then $100,000 and finally $200,000. Bloom even offered it to her “tax-free” although it’s unclear how she could come through with that promise unless it was completely illegal.
After the woman eventually declined to come forward, Bloom berated her over text messages. Bloom said, “I begged you not to jerk me around after what I had just gone through. You have treated me very poorly. I have treated you with great respect as much as humanly possible. I have not made a dime off your case and I have devoted a great deal of time. It doesn’t matter. I could have done so much for you. But you can’t stick to your word even when you swear you will.”
Eventually, Bloom offered $750,000 for her to come forward.
The whole story is pretty damaging toward Lisa Bloom. Check out all the sordid details at The Hill.