Bloomberg: I Won't Release Alleged Sexual Harassment Victims From Non-Disclosure Agreements That Were "Made Consensually" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Bloomberg Won't Release Alleged Sexual Harassment Victims From Non-Disclosure Agreements That Were "Made Consensually"

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg responds to an attack from former VP Joe Biden about his numerous non-disclosure agreements with female former employees by saying the agreements were "made consensually."

JOE BIDEN: Look, let's get something straight here. It's easy. All the mayor has to do is say, "You are released from the nondisclosure agreement." Period. Talk about transparency here. This guy [Pete Buttigieg] got himself in trouble saying that there was a non-disclosure -- that he couldn't disclose what he did -- he went to his company.

PETE BUTTIGIEG: To be clear, that was about a list of clients.

JOE BIDEN: No, no, no -- I know.

He went to the company, said I want to be released, I want to be able to do it. Look, this is about transparency, from the very beginning. Whether it's your health record, your taxes, whether you have cases against you, whether or not people have signed non-disclosure agreements.

You think the women, in fact, were ready to say, "I don't want anybody to know about what you did to me?"

That's not how it works. The way it works is they say, look, this is what you did to me and the mayor comes along and his attorneys say, I will give you this amount of money if you promise you'll never say anything. That's how it works.

DEBATE MODERATOR: Mayor Bloomberg?

MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: I said we're not going to get -- to end these agreements because they were made consensually and they have every right to expect that they will stay private.



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