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Gloria Allred, Superlawyer, almost as famous as the women she's represented and the men she's held responsible

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She is almost as famous as the women she represented and the men she has held responsible.

She has been standing up for women's rights -- decades before anyone uttered the words "Me Too."

So why is she out there defending herself? If there is anyone who doesn't need to apologize, it's her.

According to Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, in their new Harvey Weinstein book, "She Said," is part of the problem instead of the solution and does not put her clients' best interests first.

Short of stealing from clients, that's about the most serious allegation you can make against a lawyer. And it's simply not true.

Kantor and Twohey are great reporters. But Allred is right: They seem to know almost nothing about confidential settlements and even less about the reason so many victims choose that course.


I came out as a rape victim in 1981. I was teaching criminal law at Harvard, barely three years out of law school, and I decided to introduce rape into the criminal law curriculum. I told my students that I would do my best to be fair but I could not promise objectivity. I told them why.

Two things happened next: The death threats started (and never stopped), and half a dozen victims came to tell me their stories. In almost 40 years, the stream has been steady.

Mostly when the girls tell me their stories, I just listen. These are not easy stories to tell. I do not sit in judgment. Sometimes I cry with them.

But the one thing I would never tell a woman who is suffering is that she has an obligation not to take care of herself but to go public. Clearly, that's what Kantor and Twohey think lawyers like Allred and me should do. So what if it violates the Code of Ethics? Isn't sacrificing your clients' well-being and sacrificing her reputation worth it if it might put Weinstein in jail?


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