Bloomberg releases 3 women from non-disclosure agreements after fiery debate

The former New York City mayor opens the door for some women who have signed non-disclosure agreements to speak publicly about their lawsuits.
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One candidate who is not on the ballot in Nevada making a major reversal. Michael Bloomberg opening the door for some women who have signed nondisclosure agreements to speak publicly about their lawsuits. This morning, an abrupt about-face for Michael Bloomberg under enormous pressure the former New York City mayor announcing he will release three women who filed complaints against him and his company from their nondisclosure agreements. ABC news has reached out to several women involved in complaints against Bloomberg or his company. One of the three women was involved in a 1997 lawsuit claiming Bloomberg told her to kill it when she announced she was pregnant. She thought he would be pleased that she was pregnant. She said that to him and he said to her, kill it. Reporter: Bloomberg settled the case on undisclosed terms. The woman has not commented as to if she will speak out now that she has been released from the nda. The former New York City mayor pummeled over the issue on the debate stage. Mr. Mayor, are you willing to release all of those women from those nondisclosure agreements so we can hear their side of the story? We have a very few nondisclosure agreements -- How many is that? Let me finish. How many is that? None of them accuse me of doing anything other than maybe they didn't like a joke I told and let me just -- Agreements between two parties that wanted to keep it quiet and that's up to them. Reporter: Several of the women who signed ndas with Bloomberg said telling ABC news they are interested in telling their stories but fear possible retribution. Their attorneys say it's unclear if Bloomberg's offer to release the ndas will extend to their clients. We tried to get answers from Bloomberg after a campaign stop in Salt Lake City, Utah. How many ndas did your company sign? Will you release the women if they tell you they want to be released? Did you really think it was just a bad joke? Reporter: With another debate set for Tuesday in north Carolina, Elizabeth Warren making it clear this issue wasn't going away. Drawing up a contract herself that Bloomberg could use to release the women from these agreements. All that mayor Bloomberg has to do is download it. I'll text it. Sign it, and then the women or men will be free to speak and tell their own stories. Reporter: And Bloomberg now says after a lot of reflecting he recognizes ndas promote a culture of silence in the workplace and contribute to a culture of women not feeling safe or supported. Announcing that his company would release those three women from their agreements to address complaints about comments they said he made. Dan. Good to see you pushing for answers there, Eva, thank you very much. A lot of questions. Let's bring in Rick Klein who is in Washington this morning. Rick this news about Bloomberg releasing women from their ndas, is that going to help him make the story go away or amplify it? It had to be done. He was torched on that debate stage and with another coming up in just a couple of days in South Carolina he needed to move past the issue and have a good answer. The big questions from here, do any of these women come forward, get out of these nondisclosure agreements, what do they say and is this it? The Bloomberg campaign says there's only three that are under this narrow category but there are lots of other people who had lots of other separation agreements for lots of reasons. Bloomberg though needs to put this in the rearview mirror and and he's trying to do that. Let's talk about the big political story of this day, the results coming in later today from the caucuses in Nevada. Bloomberg not on the menu there. How pivotal is this state? Yeah, mark this day down. Not only is it the first day where a diverse swath of voters get to weigh in but it could be the day Bernie Sanders takes a delegate lead and a lot of people I'm talking to think he may never return center that lead. May be the last moment to blunt the popularity of a candidate. If there's not a sense of panic, at least concern this could be a day where Bernie Sanders starts to consolidate that delegate lead and the other folks in the race may have a harder time being part of the conversation. If he's able to rob. He's heavily favored and lot of concerns about the first caucus since Iowa. Almost a dirty word in democratic circles and a lot of concern about reporting problems that could follow it following the debacle weeks ago. Let's talk about Bernie for a second. This could be another being can day for him. What about these reports that Russians are intervening on his behalf? How big a problem is that for him? Awkward timing at best and something that raises questions at worst. Look a lot of Democrats are worried Bernie Sanders' nomination could hurt the party and the idea that Russians may be boosting it is just an awful story line. Bernie Sanders himself raising the possibility that there may be political motivations behind the timing and he does not like the fact that this headline is out there. He's had to denounce it strongly and answer questions about why it took so long to reveal this. Rick Klein, great to have you on the show. We really appreciate it. I want to remind everybody ABC news will have complete coverage of the results in Nevada this evening and on our new streaming channel, ABC newslive beginning this afternoon.

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