Iron-Clad Gloria Allred: "I Represent Women, Whether They're Popular Or Not"

Jun. 1 2010, Published 4:29 a.m. ET

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High-powered attorney Gloria Allred makes no apologies for her controversial client roster, explains what drives her, and comments on the media coverage she receives in a telling new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, in which she poses in full body armor, and has all the details for you.

Allred, who is representing Tiger Woods mistresses Rachel Uchitel and Joslyn James, said she's driven by feminist ideals -- not whatever’s trendy in the court of public opinion.

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“I’m not an elected official who puts a finger in the wind to see what the majority thinks," Allred, 68, told the magazine. "I represent women, whether they’re popular or not. In the case of Joslyn James, who had an intimate three-year relationship with Tiger Woods, it’s clear to me that he lied to her and broke her heart. I think that he should acknowledge that to her and should apologize, at minimum.

“I can make a statement that men need to be accountable for their lives and they’ll suffer the consequences if they’re not,” she said.

Allred said that while she gets plenty of notoriety from her frequent media appearances involving celebrities such as Woods and, more recently, Roman Polanski, her efforts are well spread throughout the community.

"It’s not my fault if the media and the public are more interested in Tiger Woods than in women farm workers,” she said, referencing a $1.68 million settlement awarded to a group of female farm workers in a gender-discrimination lawsuit her firm handled two years ago.

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Allred, a vanguard in women's rights, discussed the cultural changes in what she believes is a society that's gradually shifting towards where she wants it to be.

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“Male privilege and entitlement are dying a very painful death; no one gives up power without a struggle," she said. "I live in a war zone, and sometimes it can get very ugly behind the scenes. But the good news is that women are fighting back -- and they are winning.”

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The new issue of Harper's Bazaar featuring Gloria Allred is now on newsstands.



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