Latest Player in Petraeus Scandal: Gloria Allred

Broadwell gets a PR firm, Petraeus gets a lawyer

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 20, 2012 6:11 AM CST | Updated Nov 20, 2012 7:29 AM CST

(Newser) – Looks like it's spin time for Paula Broadwell: David Petraeus' biographer-with-benefits has hired a PR firm in the wake of the scandal, AdAge reports. Reuters calls the firm a "high-profile" one in Washington, boasting such consultants as former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers. The move comes after Jill Kelley, the woman to whom Broadwell allegedly sent threatening emails, hired a "crisis manager" and lawyer. And Kelley's twin sister, Natalie Khawam, has now also hired her own high-profile attorney, none other than Gloria Allred, friend to scorned women everywhere.

Reuters reports that Khawam and Allred are planning a press conference today to explain Khawam's relationship with Petraeus and his wife. Business Insider notes that Khawam has lately been "skewered in the press," with reports of an ugly custody fight bubbling up. As for Petraeus, he's hired a Washington lawyer of his own: Robert Barnett, who has negotiated book deals for President Obama and Sarah Palin in the past.

Paula Broadwell gets into her vehicle on Lexington Avenue in Charlotte, NC, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.
Paula Broadwell gets into her vehicle on Lexington Avenue in Charlotte, NC, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.   (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
Attorney Gloria Allred speaks in Norfolk Probate Court Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.
Attorney Gloria Allred speaks in Norfolk Probate Court Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Mark Garfinkel, Pool)
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