Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being accused in a lawsuit of sexually assaulting a man who faced arson charges in his courtroom in the 1980s.
Napolitano, 70, is being sued in Manhattan federal court for sexual assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
He categorically denies all charges.
Law&Crime reports (warning: graphic content):
According to the complaint obtained by Law&Crime, in 1988, Napolitano lured Charles Corbishley to his New Jersey home under false pretenses and forced him to perform oral sex.
At the time, Napolitano was the judge presiding over Corbishley’s case on charges of criminal arson. His lawyer, Robert Hollis, was allegedly a self-described “friend” of Napolitano’s and successfully moved to have the case brought under his purview. Hollis then purportedly arranged for Corbishley to do yard work at Napolitano’s Hackensack residence–presumably in exchange for judicial leniency.
“Mr. Corbishley complied with his attorney’s request, and went to the residence as he had been instructed,” the filing said. “Upon arrival at the residence, Mr. Corbishley rang the doorbell, and Defendant answered the door. Plaintiff then handed over [a] Christmas card to Defendant ANDREW NAPOLITANO and told him that he was there to shovel snow.”
However, the lawsuit alleges there was virtually no snow on the ground. Supposedly not enough worth shoveling.
Unsure what to do, the 20-year-old Corbishley reportedly began smoking a cigarette before eventually following Napolitano inside while the judge made small talk. The filing then describes the moment Corbishley claims Napolitano pounced in explicit detail.
Defendant NAPOLITANO then approached Plaintiff CHARLES CORBISHLEY, and stated “you know, you could be going away for a long time.” As Defendant was speaking to Plaintiff, he proceeded to place his hand on Plaintiff’s shoulder, and forced Plaintiff to his knees. As he pushed Plaintiff down toward the ground, Defendant told Plaintiff to “be a good boy.” At this point, Defendant NAPOLITANO appeared to be masturbating through his clothing, moving his hand back and forth over his penis. Thereafter, Defendant NAPOLITANO pulled his erect penis out. Plaintiff Charles Corbishley was then forced to perform fellatio on the Honorable Andrew Napolitano, the presiding Justice on his criminal case.
Corbishley ultimately received probation and community service.
For the time being at least, Fox News is standing firmly behind Judge Napolitano after the television personality told his employer in the strongest possible terms that he’s innocent of all charges.