“Feisty, articulate, and driven – she qualified for the Boston Marathon… a personal intensity and a fierce sense of outrage about women’s and civil rights, child welfare, and the abuse of power” – that’s Lisa Bloom, as described by The Philadelphia Inquirer. But to many, she is “The Hollywood Lawyer” given the number of high-profile cases she has in her leather. She has popped up time and again on cable, covering the Trayvon Martin murder for NBC (her book on the case is being made into a mini-series by Jay Z and The Weinstein Co) and has also been a commentator on CNN, MSNBC and HLN.
Bloom, however, feels, “On a good day, I get compared to my mom. It’s flattering because my mom is my inspiration.” And why not, if your mother happens to be Gloria Allred – the firebrand attorney who represented Nicole Simpson’s family during the 1994 OJ Simpson trial, not to forget, she even got Hunter Tylo $5 million after she was fired from Melrose Place for being pregnant. Born to a famed feminist lawyer, it is hardly a surprise that Bloom followed in her mother’s footsteps and built a career focused on defending or suing her bigwig clients, often taking cases pro bono. Of late, she may have faced flak for taking on the Harvey Weinstein case, but here are 15 of her top high-profile cases that have turned her into a force to reckon with.
15 Harvey Weinstein, Though Bloom Has Recently Admitted It Was A "Colossal Mistake"
The world of digital media went into a frenzy when the high-profile female attorney decided to get on board with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein – who has been accused of harassment and assault by several Hollywood A-listers – given her history of women’s rights work. Her actions were even criticised by her mother Gloria Allred. “I would have declined [the offer to join Weinstein’s legal team], because I do not represent individuals accused of [bodily] harassment,” she said. However, Bloom was quick to rectify her mistake, calling the decision “a colossal mistake.” She told Buzzfeed News: “I can see that just being associated with this was a mistake. All I can say is, from my perspective, I thought, ‘…Here is my chance to be in the inside and to get a guy to handle this thing in a different way…But clearly it did not go over at all,” she said.
14 Blac Chyna Too Had Turned To Bloom When Fighting Her Ex
“They decided to start a war by trashing her online repeatedly, so it’s on… and we are going to vigorously fight for Chyna in this case,” Bloom told the US Weekly when Blac Chyna decided to sue her ex Rob Kardashian and his famous family. Chyna reportedly holds the Kardashians responsible for the cancellation of her and Rob’s E! reality series Rob and Chyna. “Even though Chyna left Rob at the end of 2016, the network was still interested…but the show was killed. Chyna’s rep was told it was because the Kardashian family would not allow it to go forward,” Bloom claimed. “It’s not just she lost a lot of income…it’s the endorsement deals, appearances fees, promotion of her products… They knew what they were depriving Chyna of,” the attorney said. Chyna is also suing Rob for alleged battery and posting inappropriate pictures of her on Instagram.
13 Then There Was The Infamous Kevin Hart Extortion Tape
When someone threatened funny man Kevin Hart of releasing his X-rated tape (showing him in a compromising position with a woman, who isn’t his wife), the cops suspected Montia Sabbag (the woman in question) as the alleged extortionist. But Sabbag maintained that she too was a victim and got Bloom to defend her. “Montia is a crime victim,” she said. “Someone apparently snuck cameras into Kevin Hart’s private hotel suite in Las Vegas and recorded bedroom images of the two of them.” Bloom also made it clear that she and her client were not pursuing any compensation from Hart because he too was a victim of the taping, and were simply asking for his help in bringing the criminal to justice. The FBI is reportedly still investigating the matter.
12 She Also Sought Justice Against The Usher STI Lawsuit
When reports from RadarOnline claiming that Usher had knowingly exposed celebrity stylist Maya Fox-Davis and several others to STI, started doing the rounds, Lisa Bloom was quick to side with the underdogs. The claims also suggested that the R&B singer paid off Maya a whopping $1.1 million after the ordeal. Speaking to Billboard on the issue, Bloom said: “Well, I’m generally on the side of the underdog against a powerful person or company… In case of Usher, there have been news reports for a month that he was diagnosed with [STI] in 2009… And then, in 2012, he paid off a woman who he had infected without warning her first.” Other than Maya, three more people – two women and one man – had come out and accused Usher of inflicting them with STI without any prior knowledge of his health status.
11 She Represented Model Janet Dickinson In The Bill Cosby Case
Former model Janet Dickinson (now 62) is among more than 50 women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby (now 80) of bodily abuse. The America’s Next Top Model judge, like several others, alleged that The Cosby Show host had intoxicated her and taken advantage of her. Ms Dickinson went public with her accusation against Cosby in November 2014, more than three decades after the alleged episode, under Lisa Bloom’s guidance. In 2015, Bloom revealed that Cosby had admitted in 2005 to having prescriptions for [substances] that he intended on giving to women he desired. “Mr Cosby now acknowledges that he procured [substances for the purpose of having his way with young women]. This admission…establishes the case in our favour.” However, the case is still on even though the judge has declared mistrial in July this year.
10 She Helped Topple Billy O'Reilly
In less than 24 hours since Bloom announced that she had taken over the Bill O’Reilly case, the Fox News superstar was stripped off air, leaving the attorney to declare victory. O’Reilly had reportedly leered at Bloom’s client – an African-American woman who had worked for the network previously – and called her “hot chocolate” when no one was around. According to The New York Times, there were also reports that at least five other women had been paid millions to keep quiet about O’Reilly’s behaviour. She addressed Fox News chairman Rupert Murdoch on Twitter, claiming: “Dear Murdochs, I’m not giving up until he’s gone…I’m representing all of them for free. Sincerely, Lisa Bloom.” Soon enough the media giant released a brief, vague statement saying: “Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to Fox News Channel.” Bloom again turned to Twitter, sharing: “…We slayed the dragon.”
9 There Was No Stopping Bloom From Suing The Boy Scouts Of America
The case may not have seen the light of day when Katrina Yeaw wanted to join the Boy Scouts of America 20 years back but the impossible seems to have just happened. A couple of days ago, Bloom tweeted: “I was so proud to rep [sic] you then, Katrina. Told you one day BSA would integrate. At 12 years old you were so ahead of your time.” In 1997, Bloom, along with her mother, Gloria Allred, had sued the BSA on behalf of Katrina – who wanted to join her twin brother Daniel’s Boy Scout Troop No. 349 in the Golden Empire Council in Rocklin, California – accusing the organisation of discrimination against women. However, the case did not stand as the California Supreme Court ruled that the BSA isn’t a business establishment and can therefore set its own membership criteria.
8 Then There Was The Case Against The Roman Catholic Church
Lisa Bloom prides herself as a fiery champion of the oppressed, never stepping back from what she calls the David-and-Goliath battles. So, it wasn’t surprising when she sued the Roman Catholic Church – one of the most powerful forces in the world – for a boy who was abused at summer camp. Cases of child mishandling by Catholic priests, nuns and members of religious orders and subsequent cover-ups have led to numerous allegations, investigations, trials and convictions over the past two centuries. The abused include boys and girls – some as young as three years old, with the majority between the ages of 11 and 14. There have also been allegations against members of the Catholic hierarchy who have tried to cover up scandals by transferring abusive priests to other parishes.
7 She Guided Mischa Barton To Victory In The Revenge X-Rated Case
When Bloom steered the O.C actor to victory in the X-rated revenge case in June this year, she took to Twitter to declare: “COURT VICTORY today with Mischa Barton. Distribution of explicit images banned, ex stays 100 yards away forever.” The actor had reached out to Bloom in March 2017 for legal protection after her explicit images surfaced on adult websites. In the press release, Mischa had claimed that “any such images were made without her knowledge or consent.” “I just want to say that I’ve been put through an incredibly hard and trying time. This is a painful situation, and my absolute worst was realised when I learned someone I thought I loved and trusted was filming my most intimate and private moments without my consent with hidden cameras,” she said.
6 She Fought For Michael Lohan To Get Lindsay Back On Track
Lisa had fought for Michael Lohan for a while when he was battling to get back into his daughter, actress Lindsay Lohan’s life. Even after she stopped representing him, Bloom told RadarOnline: “I support him 100 per cent in his efforts to help his daughter Lindsay get clean and sober. He has been right about everything he’s said about Lindsay… Months ago, he said that if she didn’t go to rehab she would find herself in jail, which she has more than once,” she further noted. Michael too, seems more than grateful for the assistance he received, given he penned out a well-meaning testimonial for the Bloom firm. “As a person, I have not found better, and as an attorney, Lisa is diligent, mindful of her client’s interests, protective of her clients and in all instances, a well-versed attorney who doesn’t back down to anyone when her client is right.”
5 Good Morning America Host Lara Spencer Too Had Gone To Bloom During Her Divorce
When Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer decided to part ways from her husband of 15 years, CNN reporter-turned-real-estate broker David Haffenreffer, she turned to Lisa Bloom for assistance. The couple told Page Six in a statement: “After a lot of thought, care and consideration, we have decided to end our marriage. It’s a sad decision that did not come easily, especially because we respect and love each other and our children. They remain our top priority. We will raise them and care for them together.” However, a source close to the couple, disclosed to RadarOnline: “The relationship really came apart when Lara was working for The Insider and they were living in Los Angeles. She was never home, and was always working.”
4 She Also Took On Taxi Giant Uber
In June this year, Erica Holland filed a case against Uber claiming that her driver grabbed her by the hair and was verbally abusive. She said she didn’t know what to do and remained in the car. While dropping her off, he reportedly tried to reach under her dress. Bloom not only decided to represent her against the taxi giant but also put out calls on Twitter for Uber customers to reach out if they had experienced similar assaults. Speaking to Cosmopolitan on the issue, the attorney said: “Uber is a giant, wealthy company. And we will force charges. [Such] assaults in Ubers, by Uber drivers can be prevented and they can spend some of their billions to stop it.” Bloom has reportedly asked for pain and suffering damages as well as a re-evaluation of Uber’s safety policies for riders.
3 She Represented American Stand-Up Kathy Griffin In the Trump Scandal
Lisa Bloom wasn’t one to shy away when it came to the Trump scandal. She confirmed that she would represent stand-up comedian Kathy Griffin – for infamously clicking herself brandishing a mock-up of the president’s severed head – in the legal battle. “Proud to announce that I represent Kathy Griffin. We would be holding a press conference tomorrow morning.” Now, press conferences are a staple strategy that Bloom has employed time and again. However, this one did not go as planned. Griffin decided to, in Bloom’s words, “extemporise at the press conference” rather than follow the approved script and in the weeks and months that followed, the comedian lost out on a series of appearances including the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop on CNN. Griffin still blames Bloom for the outcome, claiming she paid the lawyer $40,000 for two days of work that only made things worse.
2 Then There Was Roger Ailes, The Former CEO Of Fox News And His Mentor Woody Fraser
When the former CEO of Fox News passed away in May this year, Bloom tweeted: “Roger Ailes has died. Let all his victims now be ungagged for the true, full reckoning of his life. And give them back their jobs.” Just a month before this, Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky had sued Ailes for harassment. Soon after, Wendy Walsh shared her experience with Bill O’Reilly and Lisa Bloom was hauled in to wage war against the media giant. Reportedly, the attorney also intends to bring in Woody Fraser, the legendary TV executive, who gave Ailes his start. The creator of The Mike Douglas Show has announced that Bloom is threatening to sue him for harassment. “I do not possess the financial resources demanded by Ms. Bloom to prevent a media circus… these are unfounded claims… an attempt to label me the next ‘Roger Ailes’,” Fraser said in a statement.
1 Not To Mention She Has Sued The LAPD On Several Occasions
A few years back Bloom tweeted: “LAPD shoot and kill man allegedly armed with pocket knife. One witness says “for no reason.” Her issues with the Los Angeles Police Department goes back a long a way often leading her to sue them in racial discrimination cases. Appearing as the legal analyst for NBC News, Bloom had once claimed that race had a big part to play in the OJ Simpson trial. “I have a race discrimination case going on right now… Because I don’t think whites really understand the black experience in Los Angeles.” She added: “I think race, along with the forensic evidence, was one of the biggest factors in the case… I practice civil rights here in Los Angeles, and I’m sorry to say that blacks and whites in this city live in two different worlds.”
Sources: BuzzFeed, YouTube, Vanity Fair, Billboard, RadarOnline