Gloria Allred, the Philadelphia native, Girls' High graduate, and University of Pennsylvania alum who has become famous as a defender of women's rights, is criticizing her daughter, celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom, for working to defend Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein from multiple sexual harassment accusations.
"Had I been asked by Mr. Weinstein to represent him, I would have declined, because I do not represent individuals accused of sex harassment," Allred said in a statement Thursday. "I only represent those who allege that they are victims of sexual harassment.
"While I would not represent Mr. Weinstein, I would consider representing anyone who accused Mr. Weinstein of sexual harassment, even if it meant that my daughter was the opposing counsel," she said.
Game on, daughter.
Bloom issued her own statement:
Cynics have pointed out that Bloom also has a business relationship with Weinstein. In March he optioned the rights to Bloom's book about the Trayvon Martin case, Suspicion Nation.
On Twitter there was irony:
(According to the New York Times, "Sens. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts each said they would transfer money to charity in amounts equal to donations they had received from Mr. Weinstein.")
And … more cynicism.