Michael Bloomberg announces he will release some women from non-disclosure agreements

Fellow presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren criticized Bloomberg on the debate stage this week for not releasing these women from their agreements so they can speak freely about their allegations.
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Transcript for Michael Bloomberg announces he will release some women from non-disclosure agreements
The other breaking headline tonight, the reversal from Mike Bloomberg tonight. Bloomberg now says he's releasing some of the women, three women who signed those nondisclosure agreements. His decision comes after intense pressure on the debate stage from Elizabeth Warren and others. Mary Bruce tonight on the women who will be able to share their story should they choose to do so. Reporter: Under enormous pressure, tonight an about-face from Michael Bloomberg, announcing he will release some women who have filed complaints from their confidentiality agreements. Bloomberg has been pummeled over the issue. 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 -- there's agreements between two parties that wanted to keep it quiet, and that's up to them. Reporter: But several of the women who have signed ndas with Bloomberg's company told ABC news they are interested in telling their stories but fear the prospect of retribution. We are not going to beat Donald Trump with a man who has who knows how many nondisclosure agreements and the drip, drip, drip of stories of women saying they have been harassed and discriminated against. That's not what we do. Reporter: It was clear Elizabeth Warren wasn't going to drop it. The senator taunting Bloomberg, drawing up her own contract 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: With another debate set for Tuesday in south Carolina, today from Bloomberg an abrupt change in tone. The billionaire saying that after a lot of reflecting he recognizes nondisclosure agreements promote a culture of silence in the workplace and contribute to a culture of women not feeling safe or supported. He announced his company had identified three ndas with women to address complaints about comments they said I had made. And that those women would now be released from the agreements. Bloomberg isn't even on the ballot here in Nevada, and after the caucuses tomorrow all eyes shift to South Carolina and the next debate. Bloomberg's team is already preparing. This an admit he took a beating in the first debate and say he has to do better. Mary Bruce in Nevada for us all week. Mary, thank you.

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