A New Jersey man has accused Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano of sexual harassment, assault, and attempted rape over a period of three years.
The allegations were revealed in a lawsuit filed on Monday with the New Jersey Supreme Court by the alleged victim, James Kruzelnick.
Kruzelnick is the second accuser to come out with sexual assault allegations against Napolitano this month. He is being represented by the same legal team as the first accuser, Charles Corbishley, who alleges that then-Judge Napolitano sexually abused him in exchange for a more lenient sentence in the late 1980s.
Napolitano denies new allegations
Through his lawyer, Thomas Clare, Napolitano “unequivocally denied” the allegations in Kruzelnick’s lawsuit, which Clare called a “copycat lawsuit” seeking “financial gain.”
“These allegations are total fiction, and Judge Napolitano unequivocally denies them,” Clare stated in an email to NJ.com.
“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,” he continued. “We will defeat these false allegations in court and look forward to exposing this continuing attempt to abuse our court system to smear a highly-respected former public servant.”
The timeline presented in the lawsuit begins in 2014. Kruzelnick alleges that Napolitano “developed a strong attraction” for him and would request him as a waiter while regularly dining at the New Jersey steak house where Kruzelnick was employed. Kruzelnick claims that he “enjoyed” his conversations with the “brilliant” Napolitano but was not interested in a sexual relationship.
Over a period of three years, the suit alleges that Napolitano made repeated explicit comments, groped Kruzelnick in the men’s restroom at the restaurant once, and later forced Kruzelnick to engage in a “bizarre sexual act” when the waiter visited his home.
Later, Kruzelnick alleges that Napolitano offered him legal help in exchange for performing sexual acts. The encounters ended in 2017 after Kruzelnick claimed Napolitano attempted to violently rape him during a visit to Napolitano’s farm.
This appeared to be the last straw and contact ends there. According to the suit, Kruzelnick told several people about the incident but was reluctant to go public with his account, telling a co-worker that “no one would believe me because I’m gay.”
Kruzelnick is seeking $15 million in damages and a jury trial.
Fox News has not yet responded to the new lawsuit. After the first lawsuit came to light, the network said it would stand by Napolitano. “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.