Board hiring outside lawyer to probe sexual harassment allegations

Board hiring outside lawyer to probe sexual harassment allegations

Trump's reaction to the controversy surrounding Weinstein comes after his son got into a contentious exchange about the issue with Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter and on the one-year anniversary of the leaked Access Hollywood tape where Trump was heard talking to Billy Bush which was later referred to as the "Pussygate" scandal.

Amid accusations of sexual harassment against the movie mogul, attorney Lisa Bloom announced on Saturday she is no longer working with Harvey Weinstein. "My understanding is that Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement".

Some of her former clients, including former Fox News contributor Wendy Walsh, however, told Business Insider's Max Tani that they defended her decision to join Weinstein's team.

According to the Times, Maerov asked Bloom to step down, saying that a business deal she has with Harvey Weinstein makes her unable to be impartial when giving the film executive legal advice.

The scandal was pounced on by Republicans because Weinstein has been a major backer of Democrat candidates.

The New York Times on Thursday published a bombshell story saying that Weinstein paid eight different woman financial settlements following claims of alleged sexual harassment.

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Asked about the tape on Saturday, Trump dismissed it "locker room talk", as he has done in the past.

"It's very, very concerning that there can't be a more defined moral code", she said, adding, "I am really surprised that people knew these things and did nothing about it".

The Weinstein Company board of directors - including his brother Bob Weinstein, Tarak Ben Ammar, Lance Maerov and Richard Koenigsberg - stated Friday evening that the company will launch its own investigation into the claims during Weinstein's "indefinite" leave. Weinstein is producing the documentary adaptation of her book about the Trayvon Martin case.

Danielle Rhoades Ha, a Times spokesperson, said Weinstein had been given two days to respond and that his full statement had been published.

A ballooning number of women have come forward with similar claims in the past 48 hours. "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it", he said.

Bloom had been advising the film producer, who The New York Times reported this week has been accused of sexual harassment by several women, about how to better his behavior.

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