Bronx Judge In Family Custody Battle Allegedly Caught Messaging Case’s Mother On Swingers App

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A Bronx family court judge is being accused of making advances on a swinger’s app toward a mother involved in a case she’s hearing, the New York Post reported.

Family Court Judge Cynthia Lopez has stepped down following allegations from a mother involved in a child custody dispute Monday, the outlet reported. The mother, Sidney Southerland, accused Judge Lopez of messaging her via a swinger’s app, according to the outlet.

The accusation was made public by Southerland through a TikTok video, which was also shared on X (formerly known as Twitter.) It quickly attracted attention and prompted an investigation by city and state judicial authorities, the New York Post noted.

The controversy began when Southerland reportedly received a message from a user named “Cynthia” on 3Fun, a platform known for connecting individuals interested in non-traditional sexual arrangements. Southerland, using her actual photo but under the pseudonym “Chyna” on the app, was reportedly taken aback by the advance, especially given the timing close to her upcoming court date.

The profile in question featured a woman in suggestive attire, reportedly identifying as bisexual and in search of partners for herself and her male partner, “Ant.” The detailed description on the profile highlighted a preference for various body types and personalities, adding a layer of complexity to the allegations, the outlet reported. (RELATED: ‘A Scandal Of Epic Proportions’: Judge Orders Two Fellow Judges To Pay $200 Million Over ‘Kids-For-Cash’ Scandal)

After receiving a message allegedly  from the judge, the mother immediately replied. “Bitch, you know who the f–k I am,” Southerland responded. However, Lopez allegedly blocked her, but Southerland reportedly managed to capture screenshots of the exchange and the profile, which she plans to use in filing a complaint. She expressed her disturbance over the incident, suggesting that her protracted custody battle might have been influenced by an ulterior motive from Judge Lopez, according to the New York Post.