Whitman’s Ex-Housekeeper Alleges Financial, Emotional Abuse

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Meg Whitman’s former housekeeper claims she was “emotionally and financially abused” during her nine years of employment, attorney Gloria Allred alleged Tuesday, adding that the Republican gubernatorial candidate knew the woman was an illegal immigrant.

“In short, it was a nightmare,” Allred said.

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Allred said that during Nicky Diaz Santillan’s nine years of employment, Whitman caused her “to feel exploited, disrespected, humiliated and emotionally and financially abused.”

“The relationship was terminated last year by Ms. Whitman for what appeared to be political reasons involving Ms. Whitman’s decision to run for governor,” Allred said.

Allred contended that Whitman knew her client was an illegal immigrant, but kept her employed until she decided to run for governor.

Tom Hiltachk, Whitman’s attorney, denied the allegation.

“This person was initially hired by Meg Whitman in November 2000,” Hiltachk said in remarks reported on the Los Angeles Times Web site. “She filled out standard (Internal Revenue Service) forms and Department of Justice forms and presented her Social Security card and California driver’s license. She filled out immigration forms that stated under penalty of perjury that she was a lawful resident.”

Hiltachk said the woman admitted in June 2009 that she was not a legal resident.

“She was immediately suspended and terminated on June 29, 2009,” he said.

Whitman’s spokeswoman Andrea Jones Rivera released the following statement:

“With the polls tied, it comes as no surprise that the morning after a successful debate for Meg that the sleaze machine of the political left is now focused on the politics of personal destruction. Gloria Allred is a shameful manipulator and the timing of today’s news conference so close to the election should serve as a warning to Californians that they are witnessing dirty political smears at their worst.”

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  • ReginaM

    Ooooohhhhh boy. Can’t wait!!!!!!!!!

    • Ritch

      First, it was abstainng from voting; a right we have fought for and died for since this country’s inception. If the allegations turn out to be true, this shows another arrogant, devil-may-care attitude of Meg.

      • Maynard Cole

        Gloria Allred defends liars and it is already proven who the liar is here. Nicky Dias Santillan. I don’t like Gloria Allred but know she is intelligent. She was a total fool to get into this one. Proves only she is Democrat. Have any doubts go to http://www.tmz.com/person/mocjy-diaz-santillan

  • ginny25

    Although we don’t know what the ‘explosive’ allegations are, if working for her wasso bad why was she there for 9 years? I’ll hold my judgement until the details are released.

    Besides, last time Jerry Brown was our Govenor his housekeeper had to go on permanent disability for a back injury she had while makming his bed day after day on the floor because Jerry had it on the floor instead of on a bedframe. Taxpayers paying for our wingnuts foolish lifestyle.


      Take a look at the picture why do republicans always try to hide the fact they are drag queens, Is he/she ashamed to admit it!!

    • KC Heylin

      Ain’t it the truth!! And the shrill, self-absorbed Gloria Alred is, as usual, using ANY opportunity for her own self-promotion. She could care less about this woman and YES – – if it was horrible with Meg Whitman, why didn’t she work for someone else? It’s a free country. Smells like a stinkin’ rat. . .

      • L. Payne

        Maybe I’m remembering incorrectly, but wasn’t Ms. Allred accused of this very same thing a few years ago?

    • Peggy

      too funny that her team is calling this “sleaze politics”. isn’t this what she has been doing with her millions since she came on the scene? she has been using an old debate between Brown and Clinton and chopping it up to make him look bad. I say if should be a law if you are gonna use old t.v. stuff, you have to run it without editing. We are in trouble if this lady, and I use the term loosely, gets elected. Ginny, it must be so awesome to have never worked in a place you hated because you needed the money.

    • m96

      ginny25 I totally agree with you! If it turns out to be true, she’s not the first and not the last and why would anyone stay with someone for 9 years if it was that bad. Oh and i love how she shed not even 1 tear.

  • M. North

    Since most of California’s problems can be traced directly back to Moonbeam’s previous stint as governor, if the people of this state re-elect this bozo it’s time to go.

    • Karen

      Not to mention he said nothing of substance in the debate yesterday. Brown believes he is entitled to win. He’s not going to win. That is why the dirty tricks have just begun.

      • no one

        time to blame Obama its his fault that a GOP two faced lair. hired a illegal alien for NINE years. Whitman swore bush pass a law letting them all be legal.

  • tom t

    The two of you sound like shills for the republican party. What if the woman had no choice but to work. You obviously never had to stick it out at a bad job.

    • E

      She was illegal. She shouldn’t have been in this country to begin with…End of story. As for Gloria Allred. Well, she pays enough to keep her face from falling off, of course she will do anything for camera time.

      • Joe NY

        Would anyone, legal or not, tolerate NINE YEARS worth of abuse and emotional torture? I doubt it. This is a sham because this woman cannot find a job-PERIOD! Meg did the right thing. Were she caught with an illegal presently working for her, she’d have been castigated by the left-wing media anyway! I hope she wins the election big time and sues the hell out of that media wh*re Allred for defamation and slander.

  • Mike

    Amazing how people kill themselves to support someone over something they know nothing about! Bad things don’t always occur the first day on the job. Some patterns take years to develop. By the way, billions of people sleep on the floor throughout the world. Many in this country as well, perhaps for back problems or some other reason. You want to pass a law prohibiting sleeping on the floor? We’re surrounded by idiots!

  • Marilyn

    The timing of this annoucement is very suspect. If she worked for Whitman for 9 years, why wait until now to discuss her allegations. Anyone Gloria Allred represents has the “sleaze factor.”

  • Mike

    Don’t know any “moonbeam”. Knew a governor who cut taxes, created jobs and was the first to preach “more is less”. Perhaps we should have listened better. Was he perfect? No. No one is. But It’ll be a cold day in hell before I vote for a corporate shill who’s every plan revolves around tax breaks and give-aways for the wealthy and mega-wealthy, and corporations.

    • Kim Greene

      Tom T. big news, YOU NEVER have no choice to work. There are other jobs, some a little less glam than working for a billionaire. While you will no doubt group me in with your “shills for the Republican party” I have to return – and you sir are one of those hippies who never grew up. But I’m guessing you still live in Berkeley right?

    • Karen

      It is apparent you did not listen to the debate. Meg will focus on 3 points: JOBS, education and efficient government. And frankly, you and I can vote in November so that tax breaks are given to corporations who hire IN THIS STATE without having anything to do with Meg. I am for for tax breaks provided businesses hire in this state because THEY WILL generate jobs.

  • Jon S

    Goodbye NutMeg!

    • E

      Hello NutLess!

  • M. North

    Well, since I’m a registered Independent let me just say this about that…and let me be crystal clear: I would rather be a shill for the Republican party than a brain dead liberal who would stoop to vote for Moonbeam just because he’s a DimocRAT.

    • Karen

      I am with you M. North. I too am an independent voter. Originally I picked Whitman because Brown ticked me off when he refused to support Prop 8 in federal court. Who does he think he is by disregarding our vote and telling the court what HE wants. After the debate, I am HAPPY to vote for Whitman. She has a plan. She is polished. She speaks well. Brown is Bozo the Clown.

  • Angie

    I cant wait for someone to sue Gloria Allred. She must be the most perfect person on the face of the planet. Why is it she only comes out during a big issue???

    • Karen

      A wage dispute IS NOT a big issue. Shame on CBS for making a big deal out of this story. It’s not headline news. I listen to KNX1070 all day. The way this story was positioned, I was expecting something much more than a wage dispute. Big freaking deal.

  • M. North

    Moonbeam = state employees unions = bankruptcy. Cut taxes? Give me a break. I refuse to be lectured to about fiscal responsibility by a liberal Moonbeam voter.

  • LW

    Let the mop and broom revolt begin by sweeping one bad “Whitch” into the dustbin.

  • Lisa

    What timing huh? Wonder what she’s getting for this one…………………….mmmmmmmmmm

  • M. North

    Has Moonbeam ever in his entire pitiable wasted life ever created one single dollar of wealth to compensate for the billions his stupidity has cost this state? Even one?



    • Mary L.

      Gloria Allred is a shameful manipulator and the timing of today’s news conference so close to the election should serve as a warning to Californians that they are witnessing dirty political smears at their worst.” You’re right, Samo Samo!

  • Will Perez

    I am voting for Moonbeam he is for legalizing medical marijuana.

  • Frank Nguyen

    This is all about dirty campaign politics. It’s so naive to believe in all those news.

  • M.North

    As I said, Will, the brain dead will continue to vote for DimocRAT thieves while the rest of us work to pay for their sorry butts. Not for much longer.

  • Buck Futt

    Dirty tricks from the California Libs just before an election. Talk about dog bites man.

  • bojo

    take home message? stop hiring latinas

  • CantBuyCalifornia

    Meg Whitman came off as being so unnatural because she had to memorize so many stock lines. Plus she had a fake smile plastered on her face so often you could see her facial muscles quivering. I don’t trust anybody who doesn’t vote and can’t speak off the cuff.

    • Karen

      I am curious how you feel about Brown because he’s trying to buy California by pandering to special interest groups.

      • Vanessa

        @Karen – Meg Whitman has spent more money than any candidate in history.. Who is she pandering to?

  • Calgal

    I am getting so sick of all this mudslinging and dirty politics that go on every time we have an election. And that goes for both sides. It should be outlawed and the candidates should only be able to discuss the issues and what they plan on bringing to the table. They shouldn’t be allowed to even mention the other side.

  • dean

    yelp to the reactionary republicans that also work in california: you, too, benefit enormously from the labor and employment laws in place to protect workers from unfair practices thrust upon them. employers have an unfair advantage. i do suspect that the philosophical underpinnings of these needed laws derived from the left that you love to malign. how about defending the allegations instead of attacking the accusor?

  • Roger

    For the record, the term moonbeam stems fro mBrown’s crazy idea that police and emergency personnel should be able to communicate in a secure manner via satellites etc..guess what, thats’ what they do today. Pays to have vision

  • rjsmitty

    This makes me laugh, this cant be politically motivated could it? CBS is such a tool cherry picking news articles from AP to push the failing democrat agenda ! They get an A+ for lap dog status..

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