Lawyer Lisa Bloom resigns as Harvey Weinstein's adviser

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"My understanding is that Weinstein and his board are moving toward an agreement".

About an hour after Bloom's announcement, the New York Times' Jodi Kantor reported that Lanny Davis, another adviser on the team, is "out, too".

President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he has known movie mogul Harvey Weinstein "a long time" and that he's "not surprised" by the revelations he paid eight women money to settle sexual harassment claims.

Trump saying he's "not surprised" suggests that like many Hollywood insiders and heavyweights, he knew about Weinstein's behavior and did nothing to stop it. Davis declined to comment or elaborate on the reason for his departure.

President Trump waded into Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment scandal Saturday, saying he's "not at all surprised" by the allegations.

The scandal was pounced on by Republicans because Weinstein has been a major backer of Democrat candidates.

The allegations of harassment against Weinstein, which reach back decades, were revealed in an investigation by the New York Times published Thursday.

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The board members who resigned include billionaire Dirk Ziff, a managing partner at Ziff Capital Partners, as well as Marc Lasry and Tim Sarnoff.

A self-described "women's rights advocate", Bloom also said she would be working on completing a "comprehensive review" of the Weinstein Company's workplace and gender equality policies.

The latest resignations also come after a new report surfaced late Friday in the Huffington Post claiming that Weinstein had made unwanted sexual advances toward a TV journalist, Lauren Sivan, a decade ago in NY, including cornering Sivan at a restaurant and masturbating in front of her. She added that she was happy women have come forward with their allegations.

Weinstein apologized for his behaviour and acknowledged that it had "caused a lot of pain".

Sivan claims Weinstein took her to the restaurant's kitchen, where the Hollywood producer and studio co-chairman proceeded to dismiss two staffers and attempted to kiss her, causing her to pull away and tell him she was in a relationship.

Bloom has been known for her legal work defending women, including those who have brought various accusations against former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and Bill Cosby.

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