She wanted to publicly thank David and Holly Petraeus for having "loved Natalie's child and emotionally supported her and her son through the toughest time in Natalie and her son's life. . . . They did so when they learned that she was being unfairly portrayed and was a victim of injustice."
Then Allred refused to answer any questions about what she was even talking about.
In her turn at the microphone, Khawam wiped away tears and, as Allred braced her arm, spoke of her sister: "Jill and I aren't just twins; we're best friends. We're literally inseparable."
Well not literally, but they did play varsity tennis together. "She played net, and I served."
They played softball, too. "She was the catcher, and I pitched."
They also enjoy piano, chess and cooking. "I usually bake, and she likes to saute."
Allred has championed some important clients and causes over the decades, taking on pedophile priests, deadbeat dads, AIDS discrimination and caddish behavior of every flavor.
She and Smith, the crisis consultant who is the basis of the TV show "Scandal," might well have kept Caroline on the throne and headed off Anna's final fling in the railway station.
But the client who stood before the cameras Tuesday was there to demand the entirety of her 15 minutes on the cable stairmaster, and she should hope the family judge didn't see it.
Recently, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor dropped by "Sesame Street" to let the Muppets and her audience know that although dressing up like a princess is fun, it isn't a J-O-B.
Well, "scandal babe" isn't a career, either, no matter how big the book advance. (And Monica Lewinsky, seriously, I know you earned every penny in damages.)
Although even royal runaway wives are no longer in mortal peril, we aren't quite at scandal parity even now. How is it that Newt Gingrich can come through any number of misadventures and live to weigh in on national television about where Petraeus went wrong?
Occasionally, however, a woman not only endures such a frenzy but nearly makes us forget it ever happened. You don't look at Vanessa Williams and think of those pictures from 1,000 years ago, do you?
And shouldn't that be the post-imbroglio goal, instead of laying claim to every last one of those minutes in the bright, negative light?
Henneberger is a political writer for The Washington Post and anchors the Post's She the People blog. Follow her on Twitter at @MelindaDC.