Judge Judy's son Adam Levy, a prosecutor, has sued a local sheriff for $5 million yesterday for alleging that Levy interfered with a child rape case.
Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy claims that county Sheriff Donald Smith is "an out-of-control sheriff who does not care about the truth."
He said Smith "maliciously attempted to destroy" his reputation.
The sheriff denied defaming Levy and said timing of the lawsuit was "blatantly political" and implied it was intended to damage his re-election campaign.
Levy filed the lawsuit in county court in suburban New York.
He named Smith as an individual, not as a county employee. His lawyer, Michael Sussman, said that should mean county taxpayers will not be liable.