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Know the legal players in the Cain controversy


There are three lawyers right in the jelly-filled middle of the Herman Cain scandal. And they're just as important as Cain and his accusers. Let's take a look:

Joel P. Bennett, a Washington-based employment attorney and the self-appointed Anita Hill of the controversy. He represents Karen Kraushaar, one of the original two women who accused Cain of sexual harassment at the National Restaurant Association in the late '90s. It turns out he's been Kraushaar's lawyer for a long time, first handling her harassment claim at the NRA and then when she filed a discrimination complaint in 2002 or 2003 when she worked as a spokeswoman at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, according to the Associated Press.

Gloria Allred, the L.A-based limelight lawyer famous for representing clients in high-profile controversies such as the O.J Simpson trial, the Tiger Woods affair and Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal. She's representing Sharon Bialek, the first woman to go public with accusations that Cain was inappropriate with her.

Finally, not to be outdone in star wattage, Cain got his own limelight lawyer: L. Lin Wood, but based out of Georgia. His roster of famous clients includes Kobe Bryant, the JonBenet Ramsey family and Richard Jewel, who was wrongly suspected of being part of the 1996 summer Olympics bombing, according to the New York Times.

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