Gloria Allred is a civil rights attorney often in the middle of high-profile cases involving celebrities, sex, or injustice to a woman. She puts herself in the middle of this story – she’s a media whore and a relentless promoter in our humble opinion.
Her name has made its way into the current press cycle again regarding the Bill Cosby civil suit filed by Judy Huth about alleged sexual misconduct by Cosby at the Playboy Mansion in 1974. The rules of the court are the names of all parties in such actions not be divulged until the court authorizes that information to be released.
However, the attorney for Huth at the time (Marc Strecker) instead, filed the paperwork with the court and immediately went to the courthouse steps and held a press conference releasing Cosby’s name and other information.
Cosby’s attorneys also claim that Strecker first demanded a $250,000 payment from Mr. Cosby. When that was denied, he rushed to the court to file paperwork to avoid any hint of extortion and then held his press conference. Strecker is no longer Huth’s attorney – Gloria Allred is.
Because of court rules, Cosby’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss because of the violation of the rules, taking their appeal to the California Supreme Court. The Supreme Court refused to comment and sent the case back to the original court. Allred has claimed this as a victory, but it isn’t really. Heavy sanctions could still be put in place, and the case could still be dismissed.
Like others, we find what Mr. Cosby has been accused of in various cases to be abhorrent. But we’re not big fans of Ms. Allred either. It often seems she is more publicity hound than attorney. Seeking out cases allowing her maximum public exposure, calling press conferences to present salacious information, and in short, following the adage – sex sells – in a large percentage of her cases.
Over the years she has represented the ex-fiancé’ of Dodi Fayed – Princess Diana’s boyfriend at the time of her death, and Rachel Uchitel, one of Tiger Wood’s many women when his scandal broke. She also represented the family of Nicole Brown Simpson during the O.J. Trial, one of the women in the Anthony Weiner scandal, a transgender contestant in the Miss Universe pageant (representing Canada), and others.
One of her former clients said of Ms. Allred, “The only times I saw her (Allred) was when the media was there,” adding that Allred seemed to just want her to agree to a quick settlement.
Gloria Allred is simply a media hound.