MIAMI — The onslaught on Palm Beach billionaire Paul Tudor Jones by a women’s group that wants him to resign from his Everglades Foundation and remove his family’s name from a University of Virginia building shifted south this week when members of the Women United Now group distributed thousands of flyers about their cause to fans walking into the Miami Heat game.
The same group crashed the Foundation’s yearly Palm Beach gala last month at The Breakers with anti-Jones signs and chants.
This time around, 10 volunteers from Women United Now, a group that claims to be an off-shoot of the #metoo movement, fanned out outside AmericanAirlines Arena before the Heat game against the Denver Nuggets Monday night and distributed 5,000 flyers bearing past news articles about Jones and his friend, Harvey Weinstein.
Hedge-funder philanthropist Jones, who co-founded and spends millions on the Everglades protection group, got himself into hot water over the past few years when he was tagged by major news organizations like the Washington Post for comments he made about women not being built to be stock traders once they become mothers.
Jones was also called out for his presence on the board of The Weinstein Company during CEO Harvey Weinstein‘s reign of sexual terror as well as an email he wrote to Weinstein in which he tells him that, despite it all, Jones loves him.
Last year, Gossip Extra exclusively reported Jones donated big money — at least $125,000 since 2014 — to disgraced Florida Senator Jack Latvala, a once powerful Clearwater area politician who resigned after female lobbyists and government workers came forward to report he sexually harassed them, and a PAC Latvala controlled.
So, why were Heat fans suddenly approached by Women United Now?
It was Everglades Foundation Night at the arena, a night when a small percentage of the ticket sales went to Everglades restoration.
Some fans looked at the flyers and threw them out.
Others folded and pocketed them.
And some read.
“We had a surprising number of women who stopped to tell their own stories of sexual harassment and offer their support for our cause,” said Women United Now founder Catrena Norris Carter. “We have seen the same type of events in Milwaukee (where the group protested Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry, another former Weinstein Company board member) and even New York City (to protest New York Knicks owner James Dolan, who was also on Weinstein’s board).
“The point of the Heat flyer distribution was to ask the question: Will (the Everglades Foundation) keep Jones’ millions or stand up for women?”
Interestingly, Jones apparently has hired a political strategist to handle questions about Women United Now. He’s Stu Loeser, a former makeup-case holder for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
When we asked Loeser to comment this week, he responded with an attempt to discredit this reporter instead of answering questions. We haven’t heard from the political hack since, so we assume he forfeited the right we extend to everyone to comment.
And that didn’t surprise Carter, who issued this statement this morning: “For the Everglades Foundation to keep protecting Jones and ignoring the victims is abhorrent. They should remove him from the board and give his donations to help Weinstein’s victims. How absurd is it that rather than respond on behalf of their organization and board, the Everglades Foundation has allowed Jones’ PR henchman to answer for them. Apparently they would rather continue protecting the culture of abuse and victim shaming.”