In a Friday interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News, Bloom acknowledged that Weinstein's actions were inappropriate, but said that she was only acting as an adviser and not as a defense attorney.
The board controls the majority of the company, with Harvey holding about a 23% equity stake and his brother and co-chief Bob holding the same amount.
We saw Lisa Friday and asked her if she felt working with Weinstein was a conflict of interest, and she said no. because of the way he has responded to his allegations. "Next steps will depend on Harvey's therapeutic progress, the outcome of the Board's independent investigation, and Harvey's own personal decisions". Her work with the co-chair of The Weinstein Company drew fierce criticism online.
The development comes after a dramatic two-day emergency board meeting held in the wake of the New York Times exposé that detailed numerous devastating allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein. Lasry joined an exodus from the nine-member board, with billionaire Dirk Ziff and, according to reports, Technicolor executive Tim Sarnoff also leaving. "I'm not defending him in any sexual harassment cases - there aren't any sexual harassment cases".
The company announced the hiring of attorney John Kiernan, along with his partners Matthew Fishbein, a former chief assistant US attorney; and Helen Cantwell, a former federal and state prosecutor.
Weinstein is on indefinite leave from the company he co-founded while it conducts an investigation into the claims made by women including actors Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan and stretching back years. "I appreciate the way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it". The studio's credits include "The King's Speech", "Silver Linings Playbook", "The Butler" and "The Imitation Game".