An American attorney who has built a career defending women against powerful men has joined a group of human rights activists and international lawyers in calling for legal scrutiny over what happened to the daughter of Dubai’s billionaire ruler.
Lisa Bloom has represented high-profile victims of sexual harassment and assault. Her work helped force out Bill O’Reilly at Fox News and Bloom’s celebrity clients include Mischa Barton (who brought a “revenge porn” lawsuit against a former boyfriend) and Blac Chyna, a model involved in a child-custody dispute with Rob Kardashian, of the Kardashians – often referred to as the first family of reality TV.
Now, Bloom, 57, who is based in Los Angeles, will take an active role in the case of Princess Latifa bint al-Maktoum, whose plight has been highlighted by USA TODAY.
The 33-year-old, according to witnesses, a YouTube video and a large collection of documents and other evidence reviewed by USA TODAY, was forcibly returned to the United Arab Emirates nine days after attempting a daring escape from Dubai. She was apprehended off the coast of India, in international waters, on a U.S.-registered boat.
Witnesses believe the princess, known as Sheikha Latifa, was intercepted by Indian security services and military at the request of authorities in Dubai. Her friends and representatives now believe she is being held against her will. She was last seen in photos published by Dubai’s foreign ministry on Christmas Eve last year.
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