Fox News Judge Accused of Sexually Assaulting Former Defendant of His Court
Fox News legal analyst and former judge, Andrew Napolitano, was hit with a $10 million lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday. The complaint alleges Napolitano sexually assaulted a man 30 years ago while presiding as judge in a New Jersey case where he was a defendant.
Charles Corbishley, then 20 years old, was set to appear in Napolitano’s courtroom as a defendant facing charges on three counts of arson. The complaint seeks damages for being “forcibly sodomized and sexually assaulted” by Napolitano at a private residence in Hackensack, New Jersey.
According to the complaint:
- Corbishley had reportedly hired Robert Hollis as his defense attorney in November of 1987.
- Corbishley’s case was “suddenly” transferred to Napolitano’s court after Corbishley hired Hollis.
- Hollis, who later pled guilty to laundering money for prostitution rings in 1998, allegedly told Corbishley that Napolitano was his friend, and that the then-judge could “take care of your case now.”
The lawsuit alleges Hollis told Corbishley to meet Napolitano at the aforementioned private residence, and to bring a snow shovel. When Corbishley arrived, Napolitano told him to shovel the driveway, despite the area being clear of any accumulated snow.
Napolitano then came outside wearing a long trench coat and asked Corbishley to come to the side of the house, where he told Corbishley, “You know, you could be going away for a long time,” according to the lawsuit.
Napolitano then allegedly forced Corbishley to perform oral sex on him, saying, “Be a good boy.”
The lawsuit alleges Corbishley was “paralyzed with fear” and afraid of what Napolitano would do if he attempted to spurn his advances. The lawsuit also alleges Corbishley ran away crying after the incident. Hollis later instructed Corbishley to plead guilty on all three charges, telling him not to “worry about anything,” according to the lawsuit.
Napolitano handed Corbishley what the complaint refers to a “remarkably lenient sentence” of five years probation and 150 hours of community service. Additionally, he stipulated that any of Corbishley’s future probation violations be brought directly to him, according to the lawsuit. Corbishley’s co-defendant was reportedly sentenced to several years in prison for the same charges.
“Napolitano’s leniency was a deliberate and calculated attempt to create ‘good will’ with plaintiff, and thereby ensure that plaintiff would remain silent about defendant Napolitano’s sexual assault of him,” the suit says.
The complaint states that Napolitano attempted to intimidate Corbishley in an effort to prevent him from filing the suit by contacting police in both New York and South Carolina, claiming Corbishley had threatened Napolitano’s life.
“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 via a public statement.
According to the lawsuit, Corbishley said he developed severe anxiety, physical ailments, and recurring suicidal thoughts as a result of the incident.
“As a direct result of Napolitano’s sexual assault on him, Plaintiff Charles Corbishley has suffered severe, permanent, and irreparable emotional and physical harm, and will continue to do so for the remainder of his life,” the lawsuit claims.
The suit accuses Napolitano of sexual assault, assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Corbishley is seeking $10 million – $5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages – as well as all relevant costs and attorney fees.