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With Gloria Allred at Her Side, Lawyer Denounces AG’s Response to Dominatrix Story

Posted Oct 18, 2011 6:35 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Lawyer Alisha Smith says she has quit her job at the New York Attorney General’s office after her employer didn’t give her a chance to respond to a New York Post story claiming she had moonlighted as a dominatrix.

Alisha Smith appeared at a press conference Monday with her lawyer, Gloria Allred, report the New York Post, ABC News and CBS New York. Smith says she never took any money for outside work as suggested by a source who talked to the New York Post, and she’s considering her legal options.

Smith was suspended from her job handling securities fraud cases after the Post story was published in September. The Attorney General’s office bars outside employment without prior approval if the job results in more than $1,000 in pay. “I was devastated to find that my employer would have taken the word of a tabloid and not even give me a chance to respond,” Smith said.

Allred said Smith is “dominant in her private life,” but didn’t elaborate. "Employers do not have the right to go on fishing expeditions into an employee’s private sexual activities,” Allred said.

The Post reported that Smith appeared at the press conference looking “ultra-demure in a black pants suit accented by a coquettish pink blouse.” She was in the news three years ago for helping obtain a $5 billion settlement from Bank of America.

Updated at 6:33 p.m. to correct a reference to Allred.

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