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Lawyer Lisa Bloom: “It Took Donald Trump ... Bragging About Sexual Assault” On Tape For Media To Take Jill Harth's Past Allegations Seriously

From the October 8 edition of MSNBC's AM Joy:

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JOY REID (HOST): Jill Harth has not been a fixture on American television, obviously. That interview that we showed was from The Guardian, the UK publication. But now these new statements out of Donald Trump's own mouth caught on tape, they seem to have corroborated the behavior that Jill Harth is describing. Why do you suppose Jill Harth's story itself, her story, has not really been more currency in this campaign? 

LISA BLOOM: Well, first of all, kudos to you because you have talked about it, and you have covered it, and a few other media outlets like The Guardian and LawNewz have, but everybody else has pretty much been radio silent, and it took Donald Trump coming forward yesterday on a tape -- involuntarily, obviously -- and bragging about sexual assault for everybody to give Jill Harth a little bit of credibility. We were deluged with media calls yesterday, and now everybody wants to interview her. It just is very discouraging to me that Donald Trump is a man who has been an out-of-the-closet misogynist for decades. There's ample proof of his misogyny, but, really, it took the revelation yesterday for people to give Jill Harth some credibility, and I think that's very sad, and it shows how far we have to go. 

REID: Yeah, and you know, you and I have talked about the Bill Cosby allegations, you've got the Roger Ailes allegations, and it does seem that this predatory use of celebrity is something that we keep having to come back to over and over again. But one of the common themes is that the women are then sort of put on trial, and made to, if they're not perfect, not be believed. In the case of Jill Harth, though, it's striking how similar the behavior is. She said she was cornered by him, pulled into his daughter's bedroom, Ivanka's bedroom, groped, he attempted to kiss her, that kind of thing. At the same time, Jill Harth did ultimately withdraw her lawsuit against him. Why did she withdraw that lawsuit? 

BLOOM: Because her brother had just died. She was in a very difficult marriage. She and her husband had been litigating against Donald Trump in the business case for years. They didn't have much money, and they were sick of it, and, frankly, they wanted the whole thing to be over and done with. 


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