Powerful men in Hollywood, business and politics, are being held responsible for sexual harassment, misconduct and assault. It has recently been revealed that liberal 9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski subjected numerous clerks and externs to sexual comments and put them in uncomfortable situations.
Multiple women say appeals court judge Alex Kozinski asked them to watch porn or subjected them to sexually inappropriate comments https://t.co/v7VbysRsxG
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 8, 2017
Heidi Bond, Kozinski’s clerk during 2006-2007, has stated that the judge would call her to his chambers and show her pornography, unrelated to any case they were working on. He would ask her if she was turned on by the images. “I was in a state of emotional shock, and what I really wanted to do was be as small as possible and make as few movements as possible and to say as little as possible to get out,” Bond told the Washington Post.
Bond is just one of six women, former clerks and junior staffers known as externs, who have come forward to discuss what they were subjected to while working with Kozinski. Bond now writes romance novels under the pen name, Courtney Milan.
I remember it as more than a norm. It was “judge decides how to run his chambers and is given absolute deference.” If I thought it was just a norm, and not a strict ethical requirement, I would have told my therapist when I was entirely out of the law.
— Courtney!!! Milan (@courtneymilan) December 10, 2017
As Judge Kozinski shrugs it off ("If this is all they are able to dredge up after 35 years, I am not too worried"), Nancy Rapoport comes forward with her story: https://t.co/oUVEshaV1H pic.twitter.com/MxjmjXQQZo
— Taniel (@Taniel) December 10, 2017
Emily Murphy, who worked as a clerk for Judge Richard Paez, said that Kozinski made sleazy, disturbing comments to her at a reception in September of 2012. The group she was standing with were discussing training regimens, and Kozinski told Murphy she should work out naked, according to Murphy and two others from the group.
Although the group tried to change the subject, the judge just kept bringing it back to Murphy exercising nude. “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 said. “That was what was humiliating about it.”
The 9th circuit court, and Judge Kozinski, are known for their radical left agendas, however sexual misconduct should’t be one of them.