AP Photo/Lisa Rose
AP Photo/Lisa Rose
And it boils down to whether you believe she and her client were trying to shake down the Bones star or protect themselves from Team Boreanaz, led by his own pitbull attorney, Marty Singer.
"Marty Singer attempted to contact a woman who had a romantic relationship with David Boreanaz. She then retained me," Allred says in a statement.
"I then contacted Mr. Singer on her behalf to find why Mr. Singer was calling her. We discussed the possible resolution of my client's legal claims against Mr. Boreanaz by mediation. My client has not told her story to the press, but now that Mr. Boreanaz is attacking her, she has decided to tell the story of their relationship, so that the truth will come out."
Allred then drops any pretense of politeness: "This baseless attack by David Boreanaz and his highly paid legal mouth piece in an apparent effort to divert attention from his client's extramarital infidelity will not succeed. If they think that I or my client will be intimidated they are wrong."
Singer's not having any of it, however.
"On April 23, the woman left a very threatening message that she was going to the media, that my client had not given her enough money," he retorts. "It is true I did leave a message for the woman because of the extortionist threat she left with my client. On Monday, I received a call from Gloria Allred and she told me the woman was looking to get paid at least six figures."
Meanwhile Allred is denying reports that the woman in question was Woods' mistress numero uno, Rachel Uchitel, who had been photographed with Boreanaz.
Says Allred: "Neither Rachel Uchitel, nor I as her attorney, have made any claims against David Boreanaz, nor does she have any intention of doing so."
Allred also says the woman will come forward soon.
"I don't know when my client will speak, but it will most likely be this month," she tells E! News.
Of course, the lawyers don't seem to care about the real victims in Boreanaz's cheatgate—his wife and their kids.
(Originally published May 4, 2010, at 9:13 a.m. PT)