Bloomberg girlfriend Diana Taylor on concerns over NDAs: 'Get over it...it was a bro culture'

The campaign later distanced itself from her comments after a "Women for Mike" rally in Texas.
Image: Diana Taylor speaks at a campaign event for Mike Bloomberg in New York on Jan. 15, 2020.
Diana Taylor speaks at a campaign event for Mike Bloomberg in New York on Jan. 15, 2020.Frank Franklin II / AP file

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By Allan Smith

Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg's girlfriend, Diana Taylor, has a message for those bothered by remarks the former New York City mayor is alleged to have made and the nondisclosure agreements used at his company: "Get over it."

In an interview with CBS on Monday, Taylor dismissed concerns over the NDAs with former employees, saying, "It was 30 years ago, get over it."

"In none of them was he accused of doing anything, saying something nasty to a woman," she said after a "Women for Mike" rally in Texas. "That is not who he is. Life has changed. I grew up in that world. It was a bro culture."

"We have come a very, very long way, and Michael Bloomberg has been at the forefront of that change," she added.

Addressing Taylor's remarks, Erin McPike, a Bloomberg campaign spokesperson, said: "Diana offered her personal view from her forty years working in finance, not the view of the campaign."

The NDAs signed at Bloomberg LP became a focal point of last week's Democratic primary debate after Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., demanded that Bloomberg release the women from the agreements so they could freely speak about their experiences.

"None of them accuse me of doing anything, other than maybe they didn't like a joke I told," Bloomberg said during his first appearance on the debate stage last week in Nevada.

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Days later, Bloomberg announced that he would release three women from NDAs, saying that in a review of over 30 years his company had identified just those three women who had agreed to the agreement specifically over remarks they said he had made.

He also said his company would no longer use such agreements to handle similar claims in the future.

"I’ve done a lot of reflecting on this issue over the past few days and I’ve decided that for as long as I’m running the company, we won’t offer confidentiality agreements to resolve claims of sexual harassment or misconduct going forward," Bloomberg said in a statement last week, adding, "I recognize that NDAs, particularly when they are used in the context of sexual harassment and sexual assault, promote a culture of silence in the workplace and contribute to a culture of women not feeling safe or supported."

Last month, multiple women told ABC News they were interested in publicly sharing their stories about working for Bloomberg, but were bound by the agreements.

The subject could surface again Tuesday at the Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina, where Bloomberg is set to take the stage for a second time, standing beside six of his Democratic rivals.

Maura Barrett contributed.