If you haven't seen Gloria Allred on television lately, you simply
haven't turned on your set. The famed civil rights attorney has brought
her unique brand of relentlessness to the headline-making Octo-Mom
For more than 30 years she has practiced law and is often
front and center at the nation's most high profile cases.
RadarOnline.com sat down with Allred to get the story behind the
headlines and her candid answers to our questions give an in-depth look
at one of this country's best-known advocates for the downtrodden.
Behind her outspoken approach is a stark sense of righting
perceived wrongs and a toughness forged from experience. She was raped
at gunpoint while on vacation in Acapulco in 1966, which she recalls in
her book, Fight Back and Win. When she returned to the U.S., she
discovered she was pregnant. Abortion wasn't legal. "I was forced to
undergo an illegal abortion," Gloria has said. "Afterward I began to
hemorrhage heavily. I was taken to the hospital to a special ward where
women dying from abortions were treated. I was packed with ice, and I
lived. Others in my situation did not."
Allred held nothing back in answering our questions, ranging
from celebrities who get away with murder to ongoing political battles.
Of course, we had to start with the Octo-Mom situation:
RadarOnline.com: Octo-Mom - what do you think is the best-case scenario
Gloria Allred: There is none unless she decides to take an active and
meaningful role in parenting all of her children
RO: Do you think she'll have her kids taken away?
GA: Only if they are neglected or abused. At this point I do think they
would be better off in foster care where they can receive individualized
attention and care.
RO: Do you think she's competent to raise these kids?
GA: If she continues to behave the way that she did when Angels in
Waiting USA.org was in her home, I am not optimistic about her
children's future. For the sake of her 14 children I hope that she gets
the help that she clearly needs and readjusts her priorities. She needs
to demonstrate through actions not just words that her children are more
important to her than shopping and money making schemes. Her children
need their mother not more toys and photo-ops.
RO: What is the No. 1 issue you are concerned with right now?
GA: Our current case before the California Supreme Court challenging
Prop 8, a constitutional amendment which would deny gay and lesbian
couples the right to marry in California.
RO: What case are you most proud of?
GA: All of them. Currently our victory last year before the California
Supreme Court in which we won the right to marry for gay and lesbian
RO: Who are the people you admire the most?
GA: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Susan B. Anthony, Senator
Barbara Mikulski, Sojourner Truth and Benazir Bhutto.
RO: In general, do you think celebrities get a break from the justice
system or are treated unfairly?
GA: There is definitely a double standard. Celebrities definitely have
an advantage in the legal system.
RO: We're going to name a celebrity and you write the first thing you
think of. O.J. Simpson...
GA: Double killer. One day his children will know the truth about their
RO: Robert Blake
GA: One lucky guy, one unlucky wife.
RO: Michael Jackson
GA: I would advise parents not to leave their children alone with him.
RO: Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
GA: My parents, my cousin Dr. Rachel Ash, my law partners Nathan
Goldberg and Michael Maroko.
RO: What's the biggest regret of your career?
RO: Would you ever consider running for public office?
RO: If you could have dinner with one person who would it be and why?
GA: President Obama. I would like to discuss specifics re how the system
needs to be changed so that women and minorities can truly be afforded
equal protection under the law and to suggest names for him to consider
for his future Supreme Court appointments, when vacancies exist on the
court. I would also ask him to vigorously advocate the passage of the
Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Postscript: Allred will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from the
Steinhardt College of New York University on May 11. The award will be
presented at the university's commencement at Radio City Music Hall.
She will be giving the commencement address.