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Gloria Allred Swears She Didn't Steal Clients in John Travolta Sexual Battery Cases

Attorney Gloria Allred. Photo by BinaryLA via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
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Gloria Allred has managed to snag not one but two of the clients who are accusing John Travolta of coming onto them while they tried to give him a massage. But she swears she didn't poach the clients from their original attorney.Originally, both John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 were clients of Pasadena employment attorney Okorie Okorocha. He ended up dropping John Doe 1 not long after it turned out that Travolta wasn't even in town in Beverly Hills to receive a massage from Doe 1 on the date of the allegations. Allred picked him up, and later John Doe 2 fired Okorocha and hired Allred.

Okorocha was pissed and accused her of stealing his clients. He told CNN, "I get the case to national prominence and then someone who only does press conferences and sideshows, and doesn't actually go to court or do trials, just steps in and says 'I'll take the clients.'"

Allred sent out a release defending her reputation, threatening Okorocha with legal action and making big claims: she doesn't call clients, clients call her.

I have been practicing law for the past 37 years and I have not and do not solicit clients. Clients come to me. John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 called me without my having any contact with them whatsoever prior to their phone calls. I demand an immediate retraction by Mr. Okorocha of his false statements.
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Okorocha said he has a few other cases against Travolta waiting in the wings. He said he's worried Allred will work to reach a settlement behind closed doors.

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