High-profile California attorney Gloria Allred has joined the hubbub surrounding Miami's naked "cannibal" attack of last Saturday.
As first reported by CBS Miami, Allred is now representing Yovanka Bryant, one of the long-time girlfriends of 31-year-old Rudy Eugene, who was shot and killed by a Miami police officer while chewing off most of a homeless man's face in broad daylight on the busy MacArthur Causeway.
Another girlfriend, who has not been named by media outlets at her request, has said she believes Eugene was either drugged unwittingly or under a Vodou curse.
“I don’t know how else to explain this,” the girlfriend told the Miami Herald, insisting that though Eugene did smoke marijuana he never touched other recreational drugs. She said she saw news of the attack on TV Saturday night, but didn't know her missing boyfriend was both dead and the responsible for the grisly crime until Sunday.
"I'll never be the same," she told the Herald.
It is not yet apparent why Bryant has legal representation. Allred declined to comment beyond confirming her position to NBC Miami in an email, and according to the CBS report "Allred...has no plans at the moment to release a statement, hold a press conference or visit the girlfriend in Miami."
Allred, who is known for taking cases involving women's rights, has previously represented high-profile clients including Spice Girl Mel B., Tiger Woods ex Rachel Uchitel, the family of Nicole Brown Simpson, actress Hunter Tylo, one of John Travolta's accusers, and the ex-girlfriends of Charlie Sheen and Shaquille O'Neal.
UPDATE: A previous version of this story indicated Eugene had one girlfriend. It has since become apparent there are two different women, only one of whom is represented by Allred.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP: The Jackson Memorial Foundation has set up a fund to assist Ronald Poppo in his recovery, which experts in facial reconstruction have said will include lengthy treatment, staged reconstruction, and psychological care. Donations can be made by check or online at jmf.org.
A City of Miami police officer stands watch near the scene where a naked man, far right, was shot dead on the MacArthur Causeway ramp onto Northeast 13th Street in Miami on Saturday, May 26, 2012. A witness said the naked man continued to chew on the face of another naked man on a Miami highway ramp and growled when a police officer tried to stop him. The victim remained hospitalized Monday. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Marsha Halper) MAGS OUT
First responders treat Ronald Poppo after the attack.
Rudy Eugene, undated photo
Westbound traffic on the MacArthur Causeway, approaching the Northeast 13th Street ramp in Miami, is backed up Saturday May 26, 2012, after a police officer fatally shot a naked man on the ramp who was chewing on the face of another naked man. The victim remained hospitalized Monday. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Marsha Halper) MAGS OUT
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Gloria Allred, Yovonka Bryant
Yovanka Bryant, right, and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, show a photo of Bryant and her boyfriend Rudy Eugene, during a news conference, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Miami. Bryant said she last heard from Eugene the day before he chewed off the face of a homeless man alongside a Miami highway. A police officer shot and killed Eugene. The homeless man remains hospitalized. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Gloria Allred, Yovonka Bryant
Yovanka Bryant,left, and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, discuss a recent attack on a homeless man by Brant's boyfriend Rudy Eugene, during a news conference, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 in Miami. Bryant said she last heard from Eugene, the day before he chewed off the face of a homeless man alongside a Miami highway. A police officer shot and killed Eugene. The homeless man remains hospitalized. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)