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Discouraged, she tried to get through to him. "You have to understand the power imbalance. This is not OK," she told him.

"Well, they laughed,” Weinstein responded. “They thought it was OK."

"No, they didn't," Bloom said.

"He would repeat back to me, 'The power imbalance, Lisa. I get it. I see it,'" she said. "He choked up — 'I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm sick. I'm stupid. I've hurt people. What can I do now?' And I said, 'You need to apologize. You can't turn back time. But you can do the right thing now. Don't go after the women, and get help. And stop it.' He said, 'Will you work with me to do that?' And I said, 'Yes, I will.'"

Before Bloom, Weinstein had worked with male lawyers. He told her that in the past, his attorneys would make jokes about the harassment rumors, "like it was funny or cool." He wondered why no one had ever talked to him the way Bloom was; she wondered why he hadn't previously considered hiring a more diverse legal team.

"So he hired me. I thought this was a good thing," she said. "I thought I was doing something positive. I do believe I got through to him. However, it was far too little and far too late."

“It wasn’t so much that I thought that I could change him — I’m not a therapist,” Bloom said. “I thought what I could do was change his reaction to the allegations once they came out. To get the guy at least to say when the big story breaks: ‘I did wrong. I apologize. I’m not going after the women.’ … And I did accomplish that.”

In hindsight

Yet even as Bloom was still coming to terms with the events of the past month — she attended the post-Burning Man gathering L.A. Decompression over the weekend in an attempt to gain perspective — she seemed focused on some of the smaller details of what went wrong. For instance, she said she should have waited for all of the accuser’s stories to be told before pushing Weinstein to apologize. Then, if he were to acknowledge his wrongdoing, he should do it on camera — not in a written statement.

”With every other client, she did a press conference where the person showed their feelings. I think Harvey didn’t have that in him,” said Wendy Walsh, who Bloom began representing in April in a sexual harassment suit against Fox News’ O’Reilly. “I believe America loves a story of redemption, but that story has a very long arc, and it begins with lots of stone-throwing, begging for forgiveness and then the Prodigal Son comes home. Lisa didn’t forecast the time for that arc. She came out with Act 3 when we were only at Act 1.”

 
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