Gloria Allred: If Octo-Mom Won't Protect Babies, "Others Will"
Gloria Allred is taking Octo-Mom Nadya Suleman to task yet again.
After California authorities issued four child-labor law violations against RadarOnline.com for videotaping Suleman's octuplets, the attorney held a press conference Tuesday to discuss how these citations will benefit the eight babies and other child actors, Usmagazine.com confirms.
"Because Nadya Suleman has chosen to commercially exploit these babies, she and those with whom she has contracts must follow the law that is there for the protection of these innocent babies," Allred said. "If the parents and the media do not protect them, others will."
Allred, who has long been slamming Suleman for putting her children in danger, has claimed that the single mother of 14 only cares about her babies "when the cameras are rolling." In May, she filed a petition against Suleman and has since worked with the state's investigation in the hope that she could protect the financial interests of the babies and appoint a guardian over their estate. State Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet said that the entertainment site failed to take out the required permits before videotaping two of the octuplets -- Noah and Isaiah -- without safeguards to protect their health and welfare. She alleged that the site videotaped the infants at hours and for periods of time banned by state regulations and failed to provide a supervisor to watch over them during taping sessions.
"These babies were put at risk and exposed to conditions that violated California labor laws," Bradstreet said. "In this case, we are dealing with premature babies." And according to Department of Labor spokesman Dean Fryer, those four violations -- which could carry penalties of as much as $3,000 -- only occurred on March 17 and involve the very first videos of the newborns when they arrived home from the hospital.
"We still have an ongoing investigation into activity that occurred after that date," he told Us. He also said that Allred has been helpful in the state's pursuit. "We interviewed for her as part of our investigation," he said. RadarOnline.com -- which has posted more than 100 items about Suleman and her babies -- said in a statement that like other newsgathering organizations, it is not required to obtain permits and is not restricted to certain hours in its journalistic pursuits. (Suleman has an exclusive and confidential contract with the site that bars her from providing interviews with other media outlets.)