Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Friday that he is ready to release several women from non-disclosure agreements who allege the billionaire businessman of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
“I’ve had the company go back over its record and they’ve identified 3 NDAs that we signed over the past 30-plus years with women to address complaints about comments they said I had made,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “If any of them want to be released from their NDA so that they can talk about those allegations, they should contact the company and they’ll be given a release.”
Bloomberg LP has identified 3 NDAs signed over the past 30+ years with women to address complaints about comments they said I had made.
If any of them want to be released from their NDAs, they should contact the company and they'll be given a release. https://t.co/bO9JpvSx1T
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 21, 2020
Bloomberg’s announcement comes two days after Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren challenged Bloomberg to release women from their agreements on Las Vegas debate stage Wednesday night.
“I hope you heard what his defense was. ‘I’ve been nice to some women,’” Warren said after attacking Bloomberg on past derogatory comments towards women earlier in the evening. “What we need to know is exactly what’s lurking out there. He has gotten some number of women, dozens, who knows, to sign non-disclosure agreements both for sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the work place.”
“So, Mr. Mayor, are you willing to release all of those women from those non-disclosure agreements so we can hear their side of the story?”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 20, 2020
Bloomberg’s cold response added only insult to injury arguing that there have only been a few coming from women that maybe “didn’t like a joke I told.”
“They’re agreements between two parties that wanted to keep it quiet and that’s up to them,” Bloomberg said. “They signed those agreements and we’ll live with it.”
Warren capitalized on the New York businessman’s sleezy response.
“When you say they signed [NDAs] and they wanted them, if they wish now to speak out and tell their side of the story about what it is they alleged that’s now okay with you?” Warren asked. “You’re releasing them now on television tonight? Are the women bound by being muzzled by you?”
On Thursday, Warren pushed even further drawing up a contract that would void the agreements and allow the women at his company to speak out.
“I used to teach contract law, and I thought I would make this easy,” Warren said during a CNN town hall in Las Vegas.