Gloria Allred's involvement in the Herman Cain sexual harassment scandal, as the lawyer representing one of the GOP presidential candidate's accusers, is not her first time at the center of political controversy.
The high-profile attorney has made a name for herself against politicians facing pressure. She has stood on both sides of the partisan coin -- from representing porn star Ginger Lee in her stand against former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), to defending an undocumented immigrant who accused California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman of emotional abuse.
Allred's also been a prominent face in some Hollywood hiccups. When it comes to money, she has been far from shy toward Democrats, donating thousands of dollars to the likes of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Here's a look back at Allred's involvement in some memorable cases.
On November 7, 2011, former National Restaurant Association employee Sharon Bialek came forward with sexual harassment accusations against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Allred introduced Bialek at a press conference at the Friars Club in New York City.
New York State Assistant Attorney General Alisha Smith was suspended without pay in October 2011 after the New York Post reported that she also worked as a dominatrix. "She's dominant in her private life," Allred said of her client. Smith resigned, but denies that she accepted money for her activities.
Former porn actress Ginger Lee appeared with Allred on June 15, 2011 during the height of the Anthony Weiner scandal. Lee, who exchanged messages with the congressman over Twitter, claimed that Weiner asked her to lie about their communications.
In September 2010, Allred represented Nicky Diaz Santillan, a former housekeeper for California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Santillan alleged that the former eBay CEO was aware she was in the country illegally, but employed her anyway. The news broke just five weeks before the Republican Whitman lost the election to Jerry Brown.
In February 2010, Illinois lieutenant governor nominee Scott Lee Cohen's character was called into question when his ex-girlfriend, Amanda Eneman, released a statement to Allred. Eneman, who was convicted of prostitution during an undercover sting operation in 2005, said that Cohen threatened her at knifepoint. According to Allred's statement, "Ms. Eneman does not believe that [Cohen] is fit to hold any public office, including that of Lt. Governor." Cohen withdrew his candidacy less than a week later.
Long before Arnold Schwarzenegger's paternity scandal broke, stuntwoman Rhonda Miller alleged that the action star sexually harassed her on the sets of "Terminator 2" and "True Lies." Miller announced these accusations on October 3, 2003, during the height of the California gubernatorial recall election.
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