Lisa Bloom, a California lawyer and daughter of Gloria Allred, who also represents Trump accusers, arranged payments for women to publicly accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct before the election. Bloom’s efforts included offering to sell the story to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off the accuser’s mortgage, and attempting to secure as much as $750,000 to another woman who ultimately declined. Earlier this year, Bloom was shamed into dropping Harvey Weinstein, a sexual predator and alleged rapist, as a client.
Scores of men in mainstream media, including Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Garrison Keillor, and many more, have been fired after being accused of sexual harassment, groping, and sexual assault. [It is hard to know to what extent the accusations are valid or to what extent they may have been exaggerated but, judging by the common response from associates who say “Everyone knew”, it appears that most of the accusations are based on fact.
Conyers denies the allegations, but other staffers attest to his harassment of women and rewarding them with raises in salary for acquiescence. The $27K settlement was processed through payroll, as if his accuser was a ‘temporary employee’ to cover up the use of taxpayer funds for this purpose. In March of 2010, Conyers’ wife, Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for bribery.
The government has paid out $15 million on behalf of members of Congress who were sexual harassers. There is new legislation to change the current policy that requires victims to sign a non-disclosure agreement and then are denied representation by counsel. Most of the cost is passed to the taxpayers instead of being paid by the harassers.