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Seven Women Have Now Accused Judge Of Sexual Harassment

Another former employee of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals accused Judge Alex Kozinski of sexual harassment Saturday, after six women accused the prominent jurist of sexual misconduct Friday.

Nancy Rapoport, a University of Nevada law professor who clerked on the 9th Circuit in the mid 1980s, wrote a post on her personal blog describing a predatory encounter with judge. She believes more allegations will be levied against Kozinski.

By Rapoport’s telling, Kozinski lured her to a happy hour — possibly under false pretenses — during which time he asked her how single women in the San Francisco area find sexual partners. He later offered to “comfort” Rapoport after she revealed her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Rapoport clerked for Judge Joseph Sneed, but had occasion to work with Kozinski.

“I have told countless female law students that I would never write them a letter of recommendation for a clerkship with him, and I have told them why,” Rapoport wrote. “I didn’t want them ever to be at risk of being sexually harassed by him. I have told some of my female colleagues not to be alone with him, and for the same reason.”

A 1985 Ronald Reagan appointee, Kozinski is one of the most colorful and influential judges in the federal courts. His clerks often go on to clerkships at the Supreme Court, and his dissents have prompted Supreme Court review at least three times in recent years.

Six women accused the judge of sexual harassment, according to The Washington Post Friday. Two of the accusers spoke on the record, while the other four requested anonymity due to fear of adverse recriminations.

For his part, Kozinski says he has never intentionally behaved in an untoward way, and expressed regret that several female subordinates complained about his conduct — but he also told the Los Angeles Times that he is not worried by the allegations.

“If this is all they are able to dredge up after 35 years, I am not too worried,” he said.

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