Allred at 76: Still fighting, and shrugging off the critics

Published 8:09 am Friday, February 9, 2018

NEW YORK  — Let’s get this out of the way: Gloria Allred is not, nor has she ever been, running for Miss Congeniality.

Over four decades of working for women’s rights, especially on behalf of victims of sexual misconduct, Allred hasn’t hesitated to say whatever she’s felt needed to be said — as loudly or as often as she needed to say it. A heroine to many women, she’s also been called an opportunist, a media hound, a publicity seeker, and some unprintable things, too.

And she doesn’t care.

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“I always say, it’s like ‘Gone With the Wind’ — Frankly, I don’t give a damn,” Allred said in a recent interview from the Sundance Film Festival last month, where a new documentary about her life, “Seeing Allred,” had just screened. “And it’s been very disturbing to them,” she says of her critics, “that it doesn’t deter me at all.” Still, she has one wish: “Could they please just come up with something more original?”

Allred is now 76, and it’s hardly a stretch to say she’s having a pretty good moment. After years of asking the courts — and the public — to believe her clients, the #MeToo movement has launched a culture where that is finally happening. “The waves hit the beach, and then there was a tsunami,” she says.