November 15, 2017

Mercedes Colwin has stepped down from management at the law firm of Gordon & Rees.

This is apparently in response to her other "job" shilling for Hannity. She used her credentials as an attorney to go on Fox and tell Sean Hannity that too many women lie about sexual harassment to make money, and real victims of predators are "very few and far between."

It's likely Colwin's colleagues in the firm knew exactly which woman was "lying about sexual harasssment to make money." They demoted her.

Colwin didn't lose her job and is still a partner there, but at least some kind of price was paid for lying on Fox News to defend the indefensible.

Here's the exchange from the 11/09/17 Hannity broadcast:

Hannity: "Do people do it for money? Do they do it for political reasons? Is that more common than people think?"

Colwin: "Oh definitely."

Hannity: "They will lie to make money?"

Colwin: "Undoubtedly. I mean, there are individuals who will come forward with these outrageous allegations, and they fall…"

Hannity: "And that hurts women who are victims."

Colwin: "Yes. I used to work in sex crimes in the DA’s office. It was very pitiful to see that. Because some jurors don’t believe it because they have, in their own lives, there are people who have made these accusations for money. You see this time and time and time again. And sexual harassment, that term is coined everywhere, frankly, the laws are very clear about what it takes to have some sort of violation of the law. You have to have some sort of damage. And these individuals, a lot of these women, it’s all about money, and they bank on the fact that these corporations have the reputation that they want to save."

Hannity: "And the hard—this is where you thread the needle, because there are women who are victims of predators."

Colwin: "Yes, there are. There are. But very few and far between."

This line of thought made no sense since none of the women who came out against Judge Moore's proclivities were suing for money.

It was just another attempt to smear anybody who comes forward against a conservative politician that the right wing base supports.

And Colwin was an all too willing participant in smearing victims of sexual assault and harassment to cash her Fox News paycheck.

Jordan Weissman on Slate writes:

Colwin attempted to clarify those comments after I contacted her for a story last week, claiming that she in no way meant to “trivialize or minimize the impact of sexual harassment on any victims.” On Twitter, she further explained that she only meant real victims were “few and far between” in “the context of civil cases of sexual harassment that I’ve handled as an attorney and as a judge.” (According to her firm bio, Colwin served as an administrative law judge for the New York State Division of Human Rights.)

Yes she did. She said those words on Hannity's show to minimize the impact of sexual harassment on any victims. If she didn't mean them, then why say them?

After being contacted by Weissmann, Managing Partner Don Cominos replied to her actions via email:

Gordon & Rees] in no way endorses or agrees with any statements which could even remotely be interpreted as minimizing or trivializing the seriousness and gravity of sexual harassment or similarly predatory behaviors, and we renounce them in the strongest possible terms –in fact, contrary to what may have been inferred from what was said during the telecast, the sad reality is that the number of women who likely have not been exposed to such repugnant conduct over the course of their personal or professional lives is, unfortunately, few and far between.

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