×

Charlie Walk Retains Harvey Weinstein Lawyer to Fight Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Patty Glaser has also represented Kirk Kerkorian, Keith Olbermann and Conan O'Brien.

Republic Records president Charlie Walk has brought in the big guns to help handle the sexual-misconduct accusations that have been leveled against him in recent days: Patricia Glaser of Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP, who is representing Harvey Weinstein in his battle against the company he founded with his brother (although not any sexual-harassment claims).

With a record of clients that also includes Kirk Kerkorian, Keith Olbermann and Conan O’Brien, the firm’s website says she “tops the short list of trial attorneys in the nation sought after for high-stakes litigation.”

Over the course of a 40-plus-year legal career, Glaser brought MGM Grand a $76 million victory in a retroactive insurance litigation suit, and represented Olbermann in his $50 million contract battle with Al Gore’s former network Current TV, O’Brien in his multi-million-dollar contract dispute with NBC, and Jamie Horowitz after he was released from Fox Sports amid sexual harassment claims. Her tough reputation earned her the nickname “Ms. Glacier,” coined while Glaser was representing Main Line Pictures against Kim Basinger in a $7.4 million 1993 lawsuit that bankrupted the actress:

Walk was placed on leave by Republic on Wednesday and also will not appear in the season finale of “The Four: The Battle for Stardom,” on which he is a judge with Diddy, DJ Khaled and Meghan Trainor. He later released a statement bearing his name but “from” Glaser saying that he voluntarily stepped aside from the show’s finale. “Out of respect for the contestants, my fellow judges and everyone involved with the show, I have made the decision not to attend the finale of ‘The Four,'” the statement reads. “I do not want my presence to be a distraction. Needless to say this is very upsetting. Although I continue to support the ‘Me Too’ movement, there has been an extreme rush to judgment against me in this particular case which is unfair and inconsistent with anything that even actually happened. I welcome any investigation so that in short order these unfounded and hurtful accusations can be put to rest.”

Glaser declined Variety‘s request to comment on Walk’s case.

A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Glaser attended American University in Washington, D.C., where she studied international affairs and planned to become a diplomat, but opted for a law career and received her degree from Rutgers School of Law in 1973. She moved to Los Angeles soon after to clerk for the late U.S. District Judge David W. Williams., and later joined the firm Wyman Bautzer, where she made partner in 1979. A decade later she left the firm with 11 other lawyers.

According to her firm’s website, Chambers and Partners describes Glaser as a “trial icon” and gives her top California rankings in both General Commercial Litigation and Media & Entertainment Litigation. LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell recognizes her as an AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer, and Benchmark Litigation identifies Ms. Glaser in its rankings of “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” and “Top 250 Women Litigators.” She also appears regularly in Variety’s 2017 Legal Impact report.

Glaser told Super Lawyers in 2007 that her confidence and strength come from tireless preparation. “In the practice of law,” she said, “you have to have guts, not stupid guts, but guts that come from knowing that you’re really prepared.”

More Music

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Flea,

    Guitarist John Frusciante Rejoins the Red Hot Chili Peppers — Again​

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers revealed today that guitarist John Frusciante, who has been a member two previous times, is back in the band, replacing guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. “The Red Hot Chili Peppers announce that we are parting ways with our guitarist of the past ten years, Josh Klinghoffer,” the California rockers stated in an Instagram post. “Josh is a beautiful [...]

  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Adds Glastonbury Headlining Slot to 2020 European Tour

    When Taylor Swift announced that a mere four stadium shows in two cities in California and Massachusetts would be the only official U.S. dates on her “Lover” tour next summer, the emphasis at the time was on the American. Additional dates have been scheduled for overseas festivals and stadiums, and speculation that she would be [...]

  • NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER

    Taylor Swift Celebrates Her 30th Birthday Onstage at New York Jingle Ball

    Taylor Swift celebrated her 30th birthday with over 20,000 of her closest friends onstage at Madison Square Garden for iHeartRadio’s annual Jingle Ball, hosted by New York City’s Z100. Swift took a moment to thank fans for coming to her party. “I had a choice,” she said. “Where would I want to spend my 30th [...]

  • Harry Styles Stevie Nicks

    Harry Styles Brings Out Stevie Nicks, Reworks One Direction Classic at the Forum (Watch)

    Harry Styles strutted, sashayed and transfixed the crowd at the Forum on Friday night (Dec. 13) for his combination record release party and one-night-only superfan affair. “Fine Line,” as his album is titled and the engagement touted on the outside of the venue, featured the live debuts of nine new songs including standout stunners “Golden,” [...]

  • Pete York and Rain Phoenix

    Rain Phoenix Joins Pete Yorn for 'Relator,' Originally Sung With Scarlett Johansson (Watch)

    Ten years before “Señorita,” another famous twosome recorded a romantic duet together: Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson, who joined forces on “Relator.” It was the first single from an entire album of collaborations, 2009’s “Break Up,” which was inspired by the songs of Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot, but fans hardly ever got to hear [...]

  • US Capitol

    The Sneaky Long Game of ALI’s Restatement of Copyright (Guest Column)

    Last week, Senator Thom Tillis and four other members of Congress sent a letter to an organization you may never have heard of, the American Law Institute (ALI).  The letter questions the ALI’s ongoing project to publish a competing version of the Copyright Act – or, as the ALI calls it, a “Restatement” of copyright [...]

  • Tom Petty’s Daughters, Widow Settle Legal

    Tom Petty’s Daughters, Widow Settle Legal Battle Over Estate

    Tom Petty’s widow and daughters from a previous marriage have settled their bitter legal battle, according to a report in Rolling Stone. Earlier this year, Adria Petty and Annakim Violette, the late singer’s daughters with his former wife Jane, sued his second wife, Dana York, for $5 million, alleging that she had deprived them of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content