Judge Judy's son, Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy, is being accused of interfering with a child rape case investigation involving his live-in personal trainer.
The accusation was made by Sheriff Donald Smith, who has reportedly had a long-time feud with Levy.
On Monday, Smith said Levy was "apparently trying to influence and affect the investigation, which could be perceived as an ethical violation of his official duties and perhaps even as an attempt to undermine it."
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In response to the charge, Levy accused the sheriff of making "unfounded allegations and misstatements" the Huffington Post
"My office acted properly in every aspect of the investigation," the district attorney added Monday night.
The case involves the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl who recently came forward and accused Levy's live-in trainer, 35-year-old Alexandru Hossu, of raping her twice back in 2010. Hossu, who appeared in court on Tuesday, was arrested and charged last week. He is due back in court May 7.
For her part, Levy's mother, Judy Sheindlin – star of the courtroom TV show "Judge Judy" – attempted to refocus the media's attention back to the case itself.
"The sole focus of this story should be the investigation as to whether a young girl was the victim of a very serious crime," Sheindlin said Tuesday through spokesman Gary Rosen.
Smith's accusation against Levy is the latest in a series of disparaging public remarks made by each man against the other.
Reacting to the sheriff's press release describing Hossu as Levy's "live-in personal trainer," the district attorney confirmed that Hossu had at one time resided in his residence, but disputed "the specific dates" cited by the sheriff.
Upon learning of Hossu's involvement in the case, Levy says he immediately recused himself from it.
In response, Smith claimed it was an assistant district attorney who had already made the decision to recuse Levy, adding any future comments on the case from Levy constituted "ongoing and improper involvement."
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"In my view, Mr. Levy's comments and actions would seem to suggest that, if he could have his own way, Mr. Hossu would never have been brought to justice for his crime and Mr. Levy's relationship with him would never have been brought to the light of public scrutiny," the sheriff said.
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