LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Debrahlee Lorenzana aka Debralee Lorenzana (photos below) first appeared on TV in “Plastic Surgery New York Style”, a 2003 Discovery Channel special. But in 2010, Debrahlee Lorenzana dominated news for her “too hot for Citibank” dispute. Later in that matter, Lorenzana had retained Gloria Allred. Now, Lorenzana is speaking out, criticizing her former attorney in a news interview today.
Debrahlee Lorenzana was a branch banker in the Manhattan section of Citibank offices. The 33 year Lorenzana claimed in 2010 that she was told by bosses to change her clothing selections. Lorenzana said bosses, all male apparently, told her that her turtlenecks, pencil skirts, three-inch heels, and fitted business suits were not appropriate for work. But her employer denied those allegations.
Her story headlined news in 2010. Lorenzana told her story in a 201 cover news article in the Village Voice entitled “Is This Woman Too Hot to Be a Banker?” At the time, Lorenzana released pictures to news from her attorney. Many of the initial pictures were taken inside her attorney’s office. In June 2010, Citibank denied the allegations. “We remain confident that when all of the facts and documentation are presented, the claim will be dismissed.”
But as the case unfolded, Lorenzana was then represented by Gloria Allred. In an Allred news event thereafter, Lorezana wore 6 inch stilettos and a form fitting yellow top, reported New York news.
Debrahlee Lorenzana said in a tearful plea before a sea of media cameras “It didn’t matter what I did – I was a target to them”. And Allred sat beside her. But now, Lorenzana is speaking out about the matter.
In comments to the Daily News, Lorenzana was critical of Allred Tuesday. Lorenzana claims “The only times I saw her (Allred) was when the media was there.” She also clams “I ended up fighting Citibank on my own… It was torture.”
Allred in a news statement disputes Lorenzana’s remarks. “Due to our legal obligations as attorneys we were required to withdraw… However, suffice it to say that we and our New York co-counsel felt that we had no choice other than to withdraw.” Allred adds “We did everything that we could to help her, and the many boxes of documents containing our work product and the evidence that we worked to obtain prove that we did everything that we could.”
Debrahlee Lorenzana, Debralee Lorenzana, Lauren Odes