For years, Judge Andrew Napolitano has offered legal commentary on Fox News. However, the libertarian commentator is now facing some serious allegations.
The New York Daily News reported on Friday that Napolitano is being sued for alleged sexual assault by a man who appeared as a defendant in his courtroom during the 1980s.
The plaintiff, Charles Corbishley, is seeking $10 million dollars under New Jersey’s Child Victims Act. According to accusations in the lawsuit, Napolitano met him at a New Jersey home wearing a trench coat and proceeded to assault the then-20-year-old.
The lawsuit states that Corbishley was told to “be a good boy” and then forced to “perform fellatio on the Honorable Andrew Napolitano.” At the time, Napolitano was presiding as the judge in Corbishley’s arson case.
“At this moment, Plaintiff was paralyzed with fear,” the lawsuit asserted. “He wanted desperately to stop Defendant Napolitano’s sexual assault, but he was terrified about what Judge Napolitano would do to him if he resisted or fought back.”
The suit then points out that following the alleged assault, Napolitano spared Corbishley jail time by sentencing him to probation and community service.
What’s more, it goes on to contend that Napolitano later treated Corbishley with what the New York Daily News calls “unusual leniency” after the defendant violated his parole.
Disgraced attorney also named
Also named in the suit is Corbishley’s criminal defense attorney, Robert Hollis, who is accused of having set up the attack. Later, in 2000, Hollis went to prison for helping to run a prostitution ring.
Corbishley’s current attorney Jon Norinsberg told the New York Daily News, “For over 30 years, our client has suffered tremendous physical and emotional distress because of Judge Napolitano’s abhorrent actions. No person is above the law, no matter how powerful they are or what their station in life is,” Norinsberg went on to add.
Napolitano denies all allegations
Napolitano responded to the charges with an unequivocal denial, insisting, “These accusations are completely false. Full stop. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes, at any time, to anyone, for any reason.”
“I have never had any personal relationship or inappropriate contact or communication of any kind with the man making this accusation. Each and every one of his claims against me are pure fiction. Period,” he stated.
Fox News has also responded to the suit, indicating that they believe Napolitano. “Judge Napolitano has assured us in the strongest possible terms that these allegations are false and he will fight them aggressively in court,” the network said in a statement to Law&Crime.