D.L. Hughley said fellow comedian Bill Cosby once had a radio station pull an interview featuring the two because of sensitive sexual assault allegations were raised.
However, Cosby may have been precipitous, seeing the storm to come and how even his tormentors are allowed to choose sides and even switch teams.
One of those tormentors has seemingly done an about-face when it comes to her crusade against men whom she believes have unfairly treated women.
Attorney Lisa Bloom — who along with her mother, famed women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred, have a list of clients suing Cosby for allegedly sexually assaulting them — is now protecting alleged serial abuser Harvey Weinstein.
“Harvey Weinstein and I have had many wide ranging conversations over the last year about rumors and allegations against him. He denies many of the accusations as patently false,” Bloom said in a statement.
“Nevertheless, I have explained to him that due to the power difference between a major studio head like him and most others in the industry, whatever his motives, some of his words and behaviors can be perceived as inappropriate, even intimidating,” she said, claiming that, as a women’s rights advocate, she’s been blunt with Weinstein and he’s listened.
In an explosive report, the New York Times said the Miramax big wig who’s friends with Jay-Z and many others, invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel for what the young actress expected to be a business breakfast meeting.
Instead, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower.
“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” the paper quotes Judd as she recalled the event.
In 2014, Weinstein invited Emily Nestor, who had worked just one day as a temporary employee, to the same hotel and made another offer: If she accepted his sexual advances, he would boost her career, according to accounts the Times said she provided to colleagues, who sent them to Weinstein Company executives.
Like the accusations that have derailed Cosby’s career, Weinstein’s alleged transgressions are many.
“From the outside, it seemed golden — the Oscars, the success, the remarkable cultural impact,” said Mark Gill, who was president of Miramax Los Angeles when the company was owned by Disney.
“But behind the scenes, it was a mess, and this was the biggest mess of all,” he said, referring to Weinstein’s treatment of women.
Weinstein, who denies much of the Times report, has helped define popular culture, collecting six best-picture Oscars and turned out a number of touchstones, from the films “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Good Will Hunting” to TV’s “Project Runway.”
Like Cosby, who earned a multitude of honorary degrees from colleges and universities around the country, Weinstein has a host of artistic and humanitarian awards.
Bloom, for some reason, doesn’t appear to believe her and Allred’s dogged pursuit of Cosby is hypocritical.
Unlike Cosby, who will again stand trial in April for assault, Weinstein has seemingly been given a pass by the country’s most recognizable women’s rights attorneys.
The duo of Bloom and Allred have all but assured that Cosby, 80, will probably never work in Hollywood again, while protecting someone like Weinstein, who admittedly used his power to harass women.
“I came of age in the ’60s and ’70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then,” Weinstein said in a statement.
“I have since learned it’s not an excuse, in the office — or out of it. To anyone,” he said. “I realized some time ago that I needed to be a better person and my interactions with the people I work with have changed. I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go. That is my commitment.”
Repeated attempts to contact Bloom for comment were not returned.
“Lisa Bloom and her mother, Gloria Allred, used the color issues on the front lines in America to destroy Bill Cosby, but their [Jewish] friend deserves to be forgiven because he’s white,” one star told The Informer, preferring to remain anonymous. “People like Lisa and Gloria can assassinate the character of our Black entertainers because they finally feel accepted by mainstream America.”