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Women bound by Bloomberg NDAs want to tell their stories but fear coming forward: report

Several of the women bound by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) with former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg have expressed interest in speaking out about the Democratic presidential candidate but fear the repercussions detailed in their contracts, ABC News reported Thursday

According to the NDAs obtained by ABC, the women are not allowed to “in any way disparage” their former employer, and, if asked about the agreement, they are advised to say “the parties reached an amicable resolution of this dispute … but should not comment further on their settlement.”

Bloomberg defended refusing to release women who have sued him from their NDAs. 

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“You can't just walk away from it,” he told ABC News, referring to the secrecy agreements. “They're legal agreements, and for all I know the other side wouldn't want to get out of it.”

The NDAs are tied to several lawsuits against Bloomberg and his company that allege he made crude and sexist comments to women in his office and created a culture that perpetuated such behavior. At least 17 women have filed lawsuits with three of those suits still ongoing.

Though ABC didn’t specify the consequences outlined in the contracts, they described them as “deeply serious.”

During Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (Mass.) went after Bloomberg, a multi-billionaire who is funding his own campaign, for the NDAs and past comments he’s made against women. 

"I'd like to talk about who we're running against," Warren said. "A billionaire who calls women 'fat broads' and 'horse-faced lesbians,' and no, I'm not talking about Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks MORE, I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg."