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Resignations, terminations and even a hiring took place at high speed during the weekend, for several lawyers caught up in the controversy emanating from Oscar-winning film producer Harvey Weinstein’s alleged actions in Hollywood and elsewhere.

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/uploads/sites/378/2017/10/Harvey-Weinstein-2-Article-201710092236.jpg" alt="" width="620" height="372" /></a> Resignations, terminations and even a hiring took place at high speed during the weekend, for several lawyers caught up in the controversy emanating from Oscar-winning film producer Harvey Weinstein���s alleged actions in Hollywood and elsewhere. The stage was set last Thursday (5 October) when��<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/05/us/harvey-weinstein-harassment-allegations.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>The New York Times</em> published a story</a>��claiming that Weinstein had for decades pursued sexual favours from young women who came in contact with him, hoping to advance their movie careers. According to <em>The New York Times</em>, Weinstein reached settlements with women who attempted to hold him accountable for his behaviour. In exchange for the payouts, he had the women sign nondisclosure agreements.��<a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/10/harvey-weinstein-new-york-times-sexual-harassment-ashley-judd-page-six" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Weinstein has denied the allegations</a>��in story and threatened through one of his lawyers, Charles Harder of Beverly Hills-based firm Harder Mirell &amp; Abrams, to��<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/harvey-weinstein-to-sue-new-york-times-sexual-harassment-expose-2017-10" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">sue the newspaper for $50m</a>��in damages. Lisa Bloom, a high-profile plaintiffs lawyer and women���s rights advocate who has previously represented sexual harassment victims, defended Weinstein in <em>The Times</em> story and another��<a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202799793546" target="_blank">published late last week by <em>The American Lawyer</em></a>. Bloom had joined a powerhouse legal team representing Weinstein that included Harder and Boies Schiller Flexner chairman David Boies, a longstanding adviser to the film executive and his namesake company. However,��by Saturday (7 October),��<a href="http://twitter.com/LisaBloom/status/916710877809737728" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Bloom tweeted</a>��and told reporters that��<a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/10/lisa-bloom-resigns-harvey-weinstein-sexual-harassment" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">she had resigned from her role</a>��as Weinstein���s so-called feminist adviser. In the interim, critics, including her mother,��lawyer Gloria Allred, pounced on Bloom, who also had made a deal with The Weinstein Company to��<a href="http://ew.com/tv/2017/04/06/trayvon-martin-miniseries/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">have a book she wrote serve as the narrative</a>��behind a future film.��<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/07/business/lisa-bloom-weinstein-attorney.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><em>The New York Times</em> reported</a>��that board members at The Weinstein Company had also criticised Bloom���s role. One board member, Lance Maerov, in an email obtained by <em>The Times</em>, wrote that Bloom was ���fanning the flames and compounding the problem", and asked that she step away from her representation of Weinstein himself. The Weinstein Company has��<a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-harvey-weinstein-fate-20171006-story.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">since confirmed</a>��that it hired Debevoise &amp; Plimpton litigation co-chair John Kiernan in New York to conduct an internal investigation into the allegations against Weinstein. <a href="http://deadline.com/2017/10/weinstein-company-board-members-resign-tim-sarnoff-marc-lasry-harvey-weinstein-1202183874/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Three board members</a>��have resigned from the New York-based company, one of the largest mini-major film studios in North America, since <em>The Times</em>��� first story was published last week. By Sunday night, The Weinstein Company���s four remaining board members, including Weinstein���s brother, Robert Weinstein, had chosen to terminate his role,��<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/08/business/harvey-weinstein-fired.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">according to multiple news reports</a>. Lanny Davis,��<a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202473682324/The-Lanny-Davis-Show" target="_blank">a former White House special counsel</a>��and��<a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202756913242" target="_blank">partner at several Am Law 100 firms</a>, had also��<a href="http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/07/media/lisa-bloom-harvey-weinstein/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">resigned from Weinstein���s legal team</a>. <em>Photo credit:��<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/shankbone/">David Shankbone</a></em> <

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