Civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom is representing male model James Boyce in his lawsuit against famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber.
On Friday, Bloom filed a suit in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of Boyce, who claims that Weber sexually harassed him on the set of a photo shoot in 2014 by pressuring him to take his clothes off and to touch his own genitals. According to case documents, Boyce, then 28, “suffered humiliation, emotional anguish and lost economic opportunities, including the end of his modeling career in New York” as a result of Weber’s actions; he moved to California in 2015.
Weber’s company, Little Bear Inc., Boyce’s modeling agent Jason Kanner and Kanner’s company, Soul Artist Management, are also named as defendants in the case.
“I’m very proud to represent Jason Boyce in this important case,” said Bloom in a statement to ABC News. She revealed on Twitter on Friday that more models had come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment and assault by Weber.
Bloom, a noted feminist and civil rights activist, came under fire earlier this year for her decision to advise Harvey Weinstein after multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him. After thunderous backlash, she dropped the disgraced producer as a client in early October.
Shortly thereafter, Bloom told THR’s Ashley Cullins that her intention when taking on Weinstein’s case was to change the norm from directly attacking accusers — the strategy of many lawyers who represent men accused of sexual misconduct — to issuing apologies to them.
“Having represented a lot of those accusers, I know how damaging [a personal attack] is to them, how hurtful, how scary. It’s emotionally devastating. Because I had had that experience so many times with so many women I thought changing the response from the accused to immediately apologizing, expressing remorse, vowing to do better and never disrespecting the accusers would be a good thing for the victims.” She called the ordeal, including the backlash, a “powerful learning experience.”
Ironically, Weber has been called the “Harvey Weinstein of fashion” by another male model, Daryl Janney, who is currently using the line to promote his personal memoir, Blacklisted, in which he recounts interactions with the photographer.
Bloom is also currently representing Marion Brown, who has accused U.S. representative John Conyers of sexual harassment.
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