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Allred Won’t Say Who Connected Her To Whitman Maid

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LOS ANGELES (AP) —Attorney Gloria Allred has refused again to disclose how she came to represent an illegal immigrant housekeeper Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman employed for nine years.

At a news conference Tuesday, her third in a week, Allred said the former maid, Nicky Diaz Santillan, was referred to her by a fellow attorney. But she added that it’s her law firm’s policy not to disclose who made the referral. She also declined to say whether the attorney had any connection to Whitman’s opponent, Democratic state Attorney General Jerry Brown.

Allred says Whitman knew for years that Diaz Santillan was an illegal immigrant.

Whitman says she didn’t know until last year when Diaz Santillan told her. She says that’s when she fired her.

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