Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano sexually abused a man accused of arson in his court in the 1980s, a lawsuit charged Friday.
The federal lawsuit filed by South Carolina resident Charles Corbishley alleges that Napolitano attacked him at a Hackensack, N.J., home.
Corbishley seeks $10 million under the New Jersey Child Victims Act.
“You know, you could be going away for a long time,” Napolitano allegedly told Corbishely, who was 20 years old at the time, according to the lawsuit.
Napolitano, who was wearing a trench coat, then told Corbishley to “be a good boy” and forced him to “perform fellatio on the Honorable Andrew Napolitano, the presiding Justice on his criminal case,” the suit states.
“At this moment, Plaintiff was paralyzed with fear. 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 lawsuit continues.
After the encounter, Napolitano sentenced Corbishley to probation and community service — no jail time. The suit notes that Corbishley’s co-defendant in the arson case was sentenced to several years in prison.
Corbishley later violated his probation but Napolitano treated him with unusual leniency, granting a motion to vacate the probation in its entirety in 1992, the suit said.
“Judge Napolitano has assured us in the strongest possible terms that these allegations are false and he will fight them aggressively in court,” Fox News said in a statement.
The encounter, according to the suit, was arranged by Corbishley’s lawyer, Robert Hollis.
Hollis called Napolitano his “friend” and said “I can take care of the case now” after it was transferred to Napolitano’s court, according to the suit. He arranged the abusive encounter by telling Corbishley to go shovel snow at Napolitano’s house, the lawsuit said.
“We both have him now … don’t worry about anything,” Hollis allegedly told Corbishley two days after the encounter, the suit said.
Hollis was later convicted of running a national prostitution ring and money laundering scheme.
The suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court indicates that Napolitano recently contacted police in New Jersey and South Carolina, claiming Corbishley made violent threats.
“For over 30 years, our client has suffered tremendous physical and emotional distress because of Judge Napolitano’s abhorrent actions,” Corbishley’s attorney, Jon Norinsberg, said. “No person is above the law, no matter how powerful they are or what their station in life is.”
Napolitano stepped down from the bench in 1995 and now gives legal advice on Fox News. His attorney, Tom Clare, called Corbishley “a career criminal” on a brazen smear campaign.
Corbishley’s criminal record includes battery, unlawful weapons possession, credit card fraud, possession of stolen property, and drug distribution, Napolitano said.
“These accusations are completely false. Full stop,” Napolitano said in a statement. “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.”
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