Sexual extortion anyone?

Gloria Allred: From defender to demimonde spokeswoman Attorney Gloria Allred is representing several women who had affairs with Tiger Woods and Jesse James, and is helping them sue their former lovers. Talk show host Joy Behar even joked recently that suing these men has become a “cottage industry” for Allred.

 
Until recently, Allred has been seen as a crusader for women and children’s rights.
I can only wonder what she is thinking now by representing women who could not have failed to know they were trespassing on another women’s marriage. 
 
Allred has been involved in various high-profile cases and frequently comments on television. She represented Amber Frey, a witness in the criminal case against Scott Peterson. She represented an 11-year-old girl in a discrimination suit against the Boy Scouts of America. Allred acted on behalf of actress Hunter Tylo when producer Aaron Spelling fired her because she was pregnant. She also represented Nicole Brown Simpson’s family during the O.J. Simpson murder trial. She criticized Michael Jackson’s actions when he dangled his son over a balcony in Berlin. She also tried to intercede with the Octomom and her children on behalf of a group of child caretakers. 
 
So I am baffled as to why she is now representing home-wreckers. These women are far from young and naïve; they are all in their thirties and in industries where girls grow up – and fast.
 
“I represent a beautiful model and businesswoman,” Allred told Radaronline. “She had a three-year intimate relationship with Jesse James. He pursued her and had strong feeling for her. She is in the process of trying to decide if she will come forward. She has proof of their relationship including hundreds of text messages, emails and photos. The relationship just recently ended after the scandal broke.” 
 
So what – and who cares? 
 
This woman could not have failed to know her lover was married to actress Sandra Bullock. She should be ashamed of her actions. She is not an injured party.
 
Allred also represents Tiger Woods’s first alleged mistress, Rachel Uchitel, who has been linked with other famous men. She acts for Tiger’s mistress, the porn star Joslyn James. Allred flummoxed me, and many others I am sure, when she demanded the Tiger apologize publicly to James while he apologized to his wife and family.
 
What has gotten in to Gloria Allred and what message is she sending young women?
 
Allred can represent any one she wants to, but I hope the courts send her packing.
 
I think it is it is shameful that a woman who once took up good causes now thinks it is a woman’s right to make a profit off her jilting no-good lover — a man she had no business bedding in the first place. Money and power are powerful aphrodisiacs, but there is no way any of these grown women didn’t know what they were getting into. What expectations can a woman or a man have when they dally with the legally married partner of another?
 
I am loath to let these men off scot-free. I despise their behavior and I am not any more forgiving of women who cheat. But, I don’t think the solution lies in a pay-day for them. If it were up to me, I’d put the “fault” back into no-fault divorce, and cheaters would pay the ones they legally wed and wronged. 
 
I don’t know if Gloria Allred thinks her clients deserve a type of “palimony” or something; if she does, she is misguided. By sleeping with married men who did not bother to get divorced, her clients caused pain and suffering to wives and families. Demanding payment for sex gone wrong with a married man is extortion. It’s not much different than being a hooker or a blackmailer. 
 
It may sound a little retro, but if anyone is going to be compensated for being cheated on, it should be the one who was legally wed.
 
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