WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) - Gloria Allred has represented big name clients from porn stars to Spice Girls. So what brought the Los Angeles-based attorney to Wyoming Wednesday?
"It's a beautiful day," she told 24 Hour News 8 after emerging from an empty courtroom.
But it was more than the West Michigan sunshine that brought her here from the west coast.
Allred, whose clients and cases have made headlines on the celebrity news circuit, told 24 Hour News 8 she came here support the families of the two alleged victims of Grand Rapids University Prep teacher Jamila Love Williams. According to court documents, Williams admitted to having sex with two male students, ages 15 and the other 16.
Williams waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday. That proceeding is what brought Allred to town.
Allred said the families contacted her.
"We take very seriously these allegations of criminal sexual conduct by a teacher. And we're just seeking justice," said Allred, whose previous clients included Nicole Brown Simpson's family during the OJ Simpson murder trial.
Allred won't say if she has been retained as the families' lawyer.
"I'll just leave it at that. I'm here to support them," said Allred.
When asked if a civil case could follow the criminal proceedings against Williams, she said, "I'm not retained for that purpose at this time."
Allred is the most famous woman attorney practicing law in the nation today, she says on her website. And she's expensive. Various web sources list her hourly rate at $500.
Allred would not say if someone is paying her to support victims in the William case, or if she is doing it for free.
"I never disclose what the arrangement is between me and those I support," she told 24 Hour News 8.
The mothers of the two victims stood behind Allred during her impromptu courthouse news conference. When asked if they had any comment on the case or Allred's role, Allred spoke up.
"They don't have any comment at this time," she said.
Allred said she will continue to support the family, and if they ask her back, she'll be here -- if her schedule permits.
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