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Well well . . . Lisa Bloom asked donors for cash to pay Trump accusers

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Well well . . . Lisa Bloom asked donors for cash to pay Trump accusers
We didn’t pay much attention to the big press conference last week featuring President Trump’s sexual-misbehavior accusers because a) there was nothing new; b) there was nothing all that shocking; c) some of it was over 40 years old.

If it’s news to you that Donald Trump had a history as a bit of a playboy cad, I don’t know what to tell you. There’s this rich, famous guy named Donald Trump . . .

But there’s something new now. Attorney Lisa Bloom, who oh by is Gloria Allred’s daughter, was apparently hitting up big-money donors to raise money to pay the accusers. And The Hill has seen documents that prove it:

California lawyer Lisa Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.

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 a statement to The Hill, Bloom acknowledged she engaged in discussions to secure donations for women who made or considered making accusations against Trump before last year’s election.

“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.

Bloom said her goal in securing money was not to pressure the women to come forward, but rather to help them relocate or arrange security if they felt unsafe during the waning days of a vitriolic election. She declined to identify any of the donors.

And while she noted she represented sexual harassment victims for free or at reduced rates, she also acknowledged a standard part of her contracts required women to pay her commissions as high as 33 percent if she sold their stories to media outlets.

So maybe you’ve wondered, when you see one of these high-profile press conferences in which Gloria Allred or Lisa Bloom sits there with a client who makes an accusation: How is this woman affording to pay the lawyer? And furthermore, for what? Unless they’re suing the person being accused, what’s the legal question at stake?

Now you have your answer: Sleazebag attorneys like Allred and Bloom represent these women in the hope they can help them sell their stories to the media in exchange for cash, in which case the sleazebag lawyer gets 33 percent. So before the accuser retains the attorney, it’s with the understanding that this is a money-making operation.

Accusing famous men of sexual misbehavior is apparently big business for these two.

Now, you might say, surely the media wouldn’t pay such a woman for her story. Reputable journalistic organizations don’t pay sources. And you can say that all you want. But if no one paid, how could it be that Gloria Allred and Lisa Bloom have been working this racket all these years and are working it still? You don’t keep doing something that yields you no results.

The fact that the women were seeking money isn’t necessarily proof that their stories aren’t true, although in the case of the Trump accusers there’s not much to the stories to begin with. But it’s hardly a reason to assign them credibility. You can decide for yourself if they or their attorneys are worth taking seriously now that you know the agreements that took place before they ever took the podium - and what their ultimate objective is.

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