“I’m not gonna sue Lisa Bloom. I don’t think Lisa Bloom should be shot, like people want to shoot me. So there’s my f*cking statement.”
When Kathy Griffin released photos showing herself holding a decapitated likeness of Trump’s head, she retained the assistance of Lisa Bloom. Bloom is an attorney and daughter of Gloria Allred who briefly represented Harvey Weinstein at the onset of the flood of sexual assault allegations.
Recently, Griffin has gone public with criticism of Bloom.
Griffin spoke to the Daily Beast, sharing her side of the story:
It’s a narrative, as Griffin tells it, of Bloom’s astronomical legal fees and alleged “fame-whoring,” and of Bloom and Braden Pollock, her husband and law firm manager, “badgering” the comedian to drop her objections to accompanying Bloom on a national media tour.
After a widely ridiculed June 2 news conference at Bloom’s Woodland Hills, California, law offices, that media tour would have most notably included a joint appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America the following Monday. That interview didn’t happen after Griffin vetoed it.
“I’m not acting like some innocent—I’ve been around. But I’ve never been through anything like this. I’m still living it,” Griffin told The Daily Beast, recalling an acrimonious conference call several hours after the disastrous morning media event.
“Everybody was shouting,” she continued, adding that aside from Bloom and Pollock, Griffin’s entertainment attorney Bill Sobel and her longtime First Amendment lawyer, Alan Isaacman, were also on the call, and, like Griffin, vehemently opposed Bloom’s media strategy recommendations, which she said called for Bloom to join Griffin in a series of press and television interviews.
“Lisa said, ‘Kathy, I don’t like it that you’re the only other woman on this call and you’re not speaking up for me,’” Griffin recounted. “And I’m like, ‘Are you fucking kidding me? After everything I’ve been through, you’re gonna try to play the fucking feminist card with me?… Are you fucking nuts? It doesn’t work that way. I don’t have your back on this one at all.’”
Griffin said the media-friendly lawyer has been repeatedly dialing her and her manager/boyfriend Randy Bick’s cellphones in recent days, but neither has taken her calls.
Which would explain this tweet:
Dear @LisaBloom pls stop calling me. If you’d like to refund me the tens of thousands of $$ I wasted on your services maybe I’ll talk to you
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) October 22, 2017
Bloom though, tells a different story. She too spoke on the record with The Daily Beast:
Bloom, in an email, said she was taking the unusual step of answering Griffin’s narrative because her former client, by granting an on-the-record interview, had waived attorney-client confidentiality.
Bloom disputed the testimony of both Bick and Griffin that she has been bombarding them with calls. “Really? Bombarding? Please show call logs then. I sent one text to Kathy in the last three months, and placed one call to Randy recently.”
Bloom also claimed: “The last time I spoke to Kathy, at a group dinner recently, she gave me a big hug, was very friendly and said everything was great between us. I had no idea there was a problem until a reporter reached out to me about this a few days ago.”
In a facebook video recorded while on tour in Australia, Griffin gave the following statement:
“If you want my Lisa Bloom statement, anybody, OK, here it is. Yes, I got Bloomed. Yes, I did not have a good experience with her. I felt that she and her husband exacerbated my personal situation…I’m not gonna sue Lisa Bloom. I don’t think Lisa Bloom should be shot, like people want to shoot me. So there’s my fucking statement.”
Video and Griffin’s explanation here:
Griffin rapidly deteriorated into a victimhood diatribe, blaming the fact that she’s a woman for the treatment she’s received and then asked for everyone to get along.
To which Bloom responded:
“Kathy has now made a video about how women should stand together, and yet she’s attacked me, a lifetime women’s rights attorney, and not the rest of her team, all of whom were men. This is sad, but I still believe that Kathy Griffin is one of the funniest comics alive, that she meant no ill will with the [Trump] photo, and I wish her the best.”
Neither one will admit any wrong-doing, nor will they admit defeat, so I fully expect this mess to continue and all in the public eye.
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