Two former clerks for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski tell the Washington Post he showed them pornography on his office computer. Other former employees reported inappropriate sexual comments. The judge said it is “regrettable” that some ex-clerks were offended.
A former clerk for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit says he called her into his office several times and pulled up pornography on his computer, asking if she thought it was photoshopped or if it aroused her sexually, reports the Washington Post. Heidi Bond, a Kozinski clerk in 2006-2007, said the porn was not related to a case. One set of images was of college-age students at a party where “some people were inexplicably naked while everyone else was clothed.” Another was a sort of digital flip book that allowed users to mix and match heads, torsos and legs to create an image of a naked woman.
Bond is one of six women, all former clerks or “externs” in the 9th Circuit, who alleged to the Post weeks that Kozinski, 67, subjected them to a range of inappropriate sexual conduct or comments. She is one of two former clerks who said Kozinski asked them to view porn in his chambers. Kozinski called it “regrettable that a handful [of ex-employees] have been offended by something I may have said or done.” If Kozinski asked whether the images aroused her, Bond said, she would respond: “No, this kind of stuff doesn’t do anything for me. Is there anything else you need?” She said she recalled three instances when the judge showed her porn in his office. Bond, who went on to clerk for the Supreme Court and now is as a romance novelist, and another clerk, Emily Murphy, who worked for a different judge on the 9th Circuit and is now a law professor, described their experiences in on-the-record interviews.