According to CNN, a renowned appeals court judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan is accused of sharing pornographic material with his female clerks. Six former clerks or externs - more junior staffers - allege being subjected to a variety of sexually inappropriate material and comments.
Judge Alex Kozinski, who for many years served as chief judge on the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, is being accused of having subjected a number of the court's female staffers to a range of inappropriate sexual actions, including as recently as 2012, the Post reports.
Two women have gone on the record publicly, while four chose to remain anonymous due to fear of retribution.
Heidi Bond, one of the women accusing Kozinski, told the Post that in 2006 and 2007, he made her look at porn on several occasions, asking for her opinions about what she saw and if it sexually aroused her. According to Bond, the porn was not part of any court cases.
Bond told the Post that one set of images showed college-age students at a party where "some people were inexplicably naked while everyone else was clothed." Another allowed viewers to mix and match heads, torsos and legs to make an image of a nude woman.
Emily Murphy said she was with a group of other clerks at a hotel in San Francisco in 2012 when Kozinski told her she should work out naked at the hotel gym because it was empty. Murphy clerked for a different judge at the court.
"It wasn't just clear that he was imagining me naked, he was trying to invite other people — my professional colleagues — to do so as well," Murphy told the Post. "That was what was humiliating about it."
Kozinski released the following statement:
"I have been a judge for 35 years and during that time have had over 500 employees in my chambers," Kozinski said in a statement to CNN, which he also gave to the Post. "I treat all of my employees as family and work very closely with most of them. I would never intentionally do anything to offend anyone and it is regrettable that a handful have been offended by something I may have said or done."