This past week The Hill reported about multiple women being offered payments in exchange for their accusations of sexual misconduct by then private citizen, Donald J. Trump.
Lisa Bloom, who represented accused rapist and sexual predator Harvey Weinstein and vehemently attacked his accusers in the past, admitted to arranging payments for women that accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, as reported by The Hill.
Lisa Bloom reportedly coordinated a $750,000 payment from a democratic donor to be offered to one accuser, who ultimately decided to refuse the pay-off and keep her story from the press. Bloom suggested to another accuser she had made contact with a democratic donor that was willing to pay-off her mortgage, according to contractual agreements, texts, and emails.
Bloom suggested in a text message that a pro Clinton Super PAC was willing to pay-off to one of the Trump accusers as well however, the specific political action committee was unnamed.
Bloom gave the following statement to The Hill with regards to her efforts to pay-off these women:
“Donors reached out to my firm directly to help some of the women I represented.”
Bloom conceded how she and her firm extract one third, or 33%, of the pay-off received for these stories though, she advertises her services as “pro bono.”
“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 a client may receive an appearance fee.”
The legal definition of “pro bono” is the following:
Pro bono – Short for pro bono publico, Latin “for the public good,” legal work performed by lawyers without pay to help people with legal problems and limited or no funds. Or provide legal assistance to organizations involved in social causes as the environmental, consumers, minorities, youth, battered women and education organizations and charities.
Pro bono work is typically done on behalf of charities or for those whom are experiencing financial hardship. It is considered extremely unusual for an attorney to farm out an accuser’s story for payment when she is working in a “pro bono” capacity. After all, pro bono means you are not accepting payment. Taking a percentage of a client’s “fee” is considered payment.
One of the accusers, Jill Harth, reportedly accused Trump of sexual harassment in 1997, of which Trump has publically denied. In the summer of 2016, towards the end of the presidential election, Bloom initiated a crowdfunding campaign for Harth. Bloom would later coordinate a donor to pay-off Harth’s mortgage on her New York City home.
The Hill was able to secure the following statement for Jill Harth:
“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 of the veracity of my 1997 federal complaint against Donald J Trump for sexual harassment and assault.”
Jill Harth has offered not a single shred of evidence to support her claims however, we do know she accepted payment to go public.
In a court of law an accuser is not typically thought to be credible when they accept money to tell their story, and for good reason. If a person is willing to pay for a story they seek out, then the person receiving payment is likely to tell them what they wish to hear in fear of missing out on the payment. If there is payment for a story, there is incentive to lie. It’s that simple.
Lisa Bloom has now diminished the credibility of all Trump accusers. Any accuser of President Trump is now going to be scrutinized with regard to accepting payment for going public, as they should be. There is a very large cloud over every single Trump accuser and it’s extremely important that Americans find out if money exchanged hands in return for public accusations.
With the extremely high tensions of today’s political discourse in many aspects of society, it’s easy to conceive a situation where someone would embellish or outright lie about President Trump in exchange for large cash payments of almost a million dollars.