Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred is now representing both massage therapists, John Doe No. 1 and No. 2 respectively, who have pressed sexual misconduct charges against the “Grease” star John Travolta. Allred, who dropped the initial charges for John Doe No. 1, has now also dropped the initial lawsuit on behalf of John Doe No. 2 and is considering refilling both at a later date. Some have speculated that by representing both clients, Allred controls better “bargaining power” and will use the media coverage to her advantage. However, new allegations made by Okorie Okorocha, John Doe No.2’s former attorney, may prove to be a setback to Allred’s timeline, as Okorocha claims Allred solicited and stole his client away from him, despite having done most of the work already. Though taking another attorney’s client is unethical and against the state law, Okorocha will have to prove the validity of his statements or else face up to defamation charges in court. Libel can be a serious offense, and this will prove to be an uphill battle for both lawyers to prove.
Can a lawyer steal a client that doesn’t want to be stolen?