Emails obtained by the New York Times shed light on why Bloom stepped down as Weinstein’s advisor. Members of the board at The Weinstein Company, including Bob Weinstein, criticized the proposed defense laid out by Bloom regarding those laying out allegations against the executive:
As the board convened an emergency phone meeting on Thursday evening to address the allegations, published in an investigation by The Times, Ms. Bloom sent an email to board members attacking the article. She outlined a plan that involved “more and different reporting,” including “photos of several of the accusers in very friendly poses with Harvey after his alleged misconduct.”
In one of the emails, Mr. Maerov scolded Ms. Bloom for “fanning the flames and compounding the problem” and asked that she step away from the company. He pointed to a business deal she had previously reached to have Mr. Weinstein turn a book she had written into a television series.
“You have a commercial relationship with TWC via a TV deal so how can you possibly provide impartial advice to Harvey or address this group with any credibility?” Mr. Maerov asked in the email.
According to the Times, Maerov also reached out in another email, saying Bloom’s alleged photograph plan would “backfire as it suggests they are exculpatory or negate any harm done to them through alleged actions.” Bob Weinstein’s criticism stemmed from the fallout that fell on Friday involving donations, the reactions from those in the industry, and Harvey Weinstein’s indefinite leave of absence from the company:
He pointed out that Democratic politicians were giving away money that Mr. Weinstein had donated to them, women’s rights organizations were calling for him to be fired and actors and actresses were openly stating how appalled they were. “It is my opinion, that u are giving your client poor counsel,” he wrote. “Perhaps, Harvey as he stated in the NY Times, to the world, should get professional help for a problem that really exists.”
All parties declined to comment to the New York Times. Decades of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein were published by the New York Times earlier in the week, with the executive threatening a lawsuit soon after releasing a statement addressing his alleged actions.
(Via The New York Times)