Attorney Gloria Allred was interviewed Friday evening by Greta Van Susteren, anchor of the Fox News program, “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” This was a no-holds-barred interview with a barrage of accusations by Van Susteren that put Allred on the defensive right from Greta’s opening statements.
Allred started out smiling, but the smile visably faded by degrees as she appeared to be processing what Van Susteren was saying, and did not reappear as the confrontation between the two attorneys became more heated. Van Susteren appeared to be genuinely angered by the actions that Allred has taken since Wednesday.
The subject of the interview was the accusations made against Meg Whitman, candidate for Governor in California, by Gloria Allred’s client, Whitman’s former maid and an illegal immigrant, who has said that Whitman knew that she was in the country illegally, and was abusive to her. Whitman has denied knowing that the maid was illegal until the maid informed her of that, and has said that when she and her husband learned about it they then felt compelled to fire the maid immediately.
It has since been disclosed that the Whitmans were paying the maid $23.00 per hour.
Van Susteren’s opening statement to Allred:
“Gloria, you know I like you, Gloria, but I think this is absolutely unthinkable. Let me tell you what you have done. Three things,
1) You’re getting your client deported by putting a big neon sign, ‘Hey, I’m here illegally, I’ve signed documents falsely, and I’ve done that under penalty of perjury saying that this is my social number.’
2) I think your inferences from this social security document – I think you have it all wrong. I actually think it helps Meg Whitman and her husband because I think that is the more reasonable inference and you would get barbecued if you took it to court.
3) On the eve of an election to raise something like this which has the possibility of smearing unfairly, calling someone a liar, and subverting the electoral process -“
They mutually agreed to talk about the social security document which was sent to the Whitmans asking for more information about the maid’s social security number.
Allred showed a copy of the social security document in question and said the heart of the matter was that Whitman had said, “We never received the document, but I showed yesterday that she did in fact lie.”
The copy of the social security document asking the Whitmans for more information on the maid’s social security number that Allred displayed had Meg Whitman’s husband’s handwriting on it asking the maid to ‘please check on it, thanks.’
Van Susteren responded that the document helps Whitman as it shows that the Whitmans did not know that the maid was illegal, and there is no evidence that Meg Whitman had ever seen the letter since it was her husband who had made the note.
Several times Van Susteren told Allred that she would be barbecued in court over this issue, and Allred stated that this was not going to court. That led to questioning from Van Susteren regarding Allred’s motive for making the maid’s accusations public in this time period before the mid-term elections. More discussion ensued, ending with that according to Allred, she was doing what the client wanted.
There were heated words exchanged throughout this interview which was conducted on Friday, October 1, 2010 between the two attorneys, Greta Van Susteren and Gloria Allred. To view the video of the interview in its entirety, click here.