Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred's office sent out a news release this morning announcing that Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's former housekeeper is filing a lawsuit against the candidate.
The announcement follows news reported in The New York Times in June that Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, had been involved in a physical altercation with a former employee at the company. The company paid around $200,000 to settle with the employee, Young Mi Kim, who had threatened a lawsuit, according to The Times.
Here's the Allred news release:
Meg Whitman's housekeeper for 9 years will hold a news conference today, Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. to tell how she suffered as a long time Latina household employee in Meg Whitman's home and why she is filing a claim against Ms. Whitman.
Ms. Whitman is the Republican nominee for Governor of California.
The news conference will be held at the office of attorney, Gloria Allred, at 6300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1500, Los Angeles. Ms. Allred represents the housekeeper.
Ms. Whitman's former employee will be making what are sure to be controversial and explosive allegations about her former employer.
No interviews will be given by the housekeeper or Ms. Allred prior to the news conference. Press credentials are required to be admitted.
Though the specifics of the allegations have not yet been made public, the Whitman campaign went on the attack to preemptively refute the claims, saying the "sleaze machine of the political left is now focused on the politics of personal destruction."
"Gloria Allred is a shameful manipulator and the timing of today's news conference so close to the election should serve as a warning to Californians that they are witnessing dirty political smears at their worst," Whitman spokeswoman Andrea Jones Rivera said in a statement.
Post updated at 8:40 a.m. with statement from the Whitman campaign.