NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The lawyer for a former New York assistant attorney general says her client could sue the AG’s office or the New York Post, which published a story claiming she moonlighted as a dominatrix.

Alisha Smith announced on Monday that she has quit her job and denied that she was ever paid for performing as a dominatrix at S&M parties as the Post story had suggested, citing a “fetish source.”

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“I have never accepted any money from any outside source for anything,” Smith told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Al Jones.

Smith said she was suspended without pay by the Attorney General’s office without the opportunity to dispute the allegations.

“I was devastated to find that my employer would have taken the word of a tabloid and not even give me a chance to respond,” Smith said.

Smith said she thinks she knows what got her suspended.

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“Was the New York Attorney General’s office trying to save the Attorney General from what they feared could be a political embarrassment?” she asked.

Smith would not discuss her personal life, but did admit to having a dominant personality. Her high-profile attorney, Gloria Allred, said “she’s dominant in her intimate life.”

“I know it is rather shocking that a woman does in fact have a strong and a dominant personality,” Allred said.

Allred said Smith is considering her legal options, which could include suing the Attorney General’s office or the Post for running the story saying she worked under the pseudonym “Alisha Spark.”

“Since Miss Smith was not paid for anything involving her sex life, we believe that it was completely improper for her to be asked these intrusive questions,” Allred said.

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