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A $15 million lawsuit against Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano alleges he attempted to rape a man and coerced him into ‘bizarre sex games’

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  • On Monday, New Jersey resident James Kruzelnick filed a lawsuit against Andrew Napolitano, a legal analyst at Fox News and former judge.
  • Kruzelnick’s lawsuit alleges that Napolitano stalked him at the steakhouse where he was a waiter for years, harassed him, coerced him into providing sexual favors, and attempted to rape him.
  • This lawsuit closely follows a lawsuit filed on September 11 by Charles Corbishley, which alleges Napolitano “forcibly sodomized” him when he was a 20-year-old defendant in the latter’s court.
  • Jon Norinsberg, one of Kruzelnick and Corbishley’s lawyers, told Business Insider that he sees a “disturbing” pattern of abuse from Napolitano: “Men who are in a position of unequal power are being forced to do things they don’t want to do.”
  • Napolitano denies all allegations, and countersued Corbishley for defamation. Fox News did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Fox News analyst and former New Jersey judge Andrew Napolitano is facing two separate allegations of sexual assault.

The first lawsuit against Napolitano was filed on September 11 and alleged that he had “forcibly sodomized” Charles Corbishley, then a 20-year-old defendant in Napolitano’s court, in 1987. Napolitano filed a countersuit against Corbishley on September 15 for defamation, denying all of Corbishley’s allegations.

On Monday, New Jersey resident James Kruzelnick filed a lawsuit seeking $15 million in damages from Napolitano, claiming a pattern of coercion and sexual abuse between 2014 and 2017. Kruzelnick alleges that Napolitano stalked and harassed him at his place of work, coerced him into “bizarre” sexual acts, and attempted to rape him, resulting in “severe and permanent emotional distress.”

Napolitano’s lawyer, Tom Clare, sent Business Insider the following statement: “These allegations are total fiction, and Judge Napolitano unequivocally denies them. This copycat lawsuit, filed and promoted publicly by the same lawyers representing career criminal Charles Corbishley, is nothing more than a pile-on attempt to smear Judge Napolitano for their own financial gain.”

Jon Norinsberg, one of the lawyers representing both Corbishley and Kruzelnick, told Business Insider that Kruzelnick reached out to the firm after Corbishley’s story went public.

“We find Mr. Kruzelnick to be a very credible witness,” Norinsberg told Business Insider. “There are witnesses that corroborate parts of his story, and there are various pieces of corroboration that really support the central claims he’s making.”

Fox News has not publicly addressed Kruzelnick’s claims, and did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on Monday.

From 1987 to 1995, Napolitano was a New Jersey Superior Court judge. He has appeared on Fox News as a legal analyst since 1998.

The new lawsuit alleges ‘abhorrent and repulsive’ sexual abuse from 2014 to 2017

Kruzelnick’s lawsuit alleges that Napolitano first developed an “infatuation” with him when Kruzelnick was a waiter at Mohawk House, an upscale steakhouse in Sparta, New Jersey. Napolitano, who was a regular, would always request Kruzelnick as his waiter, the lawsuit states.

Then in December 2014, Kruzelnick alleges Napolitano followed him to the bathroom and groped him from behind, saying “you are just so hot.” Kruzelnick said he pushed Napolitano off him and told him not to do it again.

The lawsuit alleges Napolitano was friends with Mohawk House’s owner, Steven Scro, who ordered Kruzelnick to continue to serve Napolitano each time he came to the steakhouse. Napolitano’s attentions soon escalated to aggressive sexual remarks, and eventually he invited Kruzelnick to his home, according to the lawsuit.

Kruzelnick says he was both flattered due to Napolitano’s status and wary because of his advances, but went to Napolitano’s home with the intention of setting proper boundaries on September 6, 2015. As Kruzelnick was waiting in the living room for Napolitano to prepare drinks, the lawsuit alleges, Napolitano came in with his pants down and said, “I want you to do something for me,” before throwing himself into Kruzelnick’s lap.

Kruzelnick alleges that Napolitano forced him to play the role of “daddy” and spank him as he masturbated.

“Plaintiff was angry and upset about what Napolitano had done. Plaintiff felt like Napolitano had used him for his own gratification and forced him to play some type of bizarre sex game that he had no interest in playing,” the lawsuit reads.

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Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst for the Fox News Channel, testifies during a Federal Spending Oversight And Emergency Management Subcommittee hearing June 6, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.


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Following that incident, Kruzelnick says Napolitano continued to aggressively pursue him at Mohawk House, but Kruzelnick was afraid of losing his job if he confronted him. Scro, the steakhouse owner, would regularly call Kruzelnick “f—-t” and “gay boy” at work, according to the lawsuit.

Scro did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.

Eventually, Kruzelnick said, he asked Napolitano what his legal rights were regarding Scro’s harassment. Napolitano told Kruzelnick to come to his house, according to the lawsuit, where Napolitano told Kruzelnick, “If you do things for me, I’ll do things for you,” and forced Kruzelnick to spank him again.

The lawsuit states Napolitano later agreed to meet with Kruzelnick and his brother Dallas, who was facing criminal charges and had just become a father. Kruzelnick alleges Napolitano told Dallas he would only help him “if your brother gives me his full cooperation.”

From spring 2016 to summer 2017, Kruzelnick alleges Napolitano made him perform “abhorrent and repulsive” sexual acts — including the allegation that Napolitano drugged Kruzelnick and forced him to engage in a threesome with a Fox News intern.

“While Plaintiff felt humiliated, degraded and abused by Napolitano, he also felt that he was powerless to stop the abuse,” the lawsuit reads. “If he refused to do what Napolitano wanted him to do, then Napolitano would refuse to help out his brother, and Dallas would go to jail.”

Kruzelnick says the abuse ended in August 2017 after Napolitano attempted to “forcibly sodomize” him at the former judge’s home. The lawsuit alleges that Kruzelnick fought back by kicking and screaming, and Napolitano eventually let him go.

After the alleged attack, Kruzelnick says he became extremely depressed and withdrawn, and would start crying randomly at work.

Norinsberg said there are “striking” similarities between Kruzelnick’s case and Corbishley’s case, and that he wouldn’t be surprised if there were other victims.

“There is a disturbing pattern,” Norinsberg said. “Men who are in a position of unequal power are being forced to do things they don’t want to do. And there are consequences they will suffer if they don’t do those things.”

Kruzelnick is seeking $15 million in damages, according to the lawsuit.

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visit their website to receive confidential support.

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