The chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asked for an investigation Thursday into allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Alex Kozinski.
In a statement emailed to reporters, 9th Circuit Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas said he was acting “to ensure confidence” in the impartiality of any proceedings involving Kozinski.
He asked Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts to transfer a complaint about Kozinski to the judicial council of another circuit for review and resolution.
Kozinski, 67, is considered a brilliant jurist with quirky views and humor, but has also been described as a bully, both on and off the bench.
Senate Democrats who refused to confirm his nomination decades ago cited testimony that described him as sadistic and demeaning of subordinates.
Heidi Bond, a former Kozinski clerk who wrote about him on her blog, said he asked her to look at pornography in his Pasadena chambers and then asked her if the pictures turned her on.
She said he also showed her a list of women that he and his friends had sex with while in college and told her not to tell anyone.
Bond, whose complaints about Kozinski were first reported by the Post, described her year working with Kozinski as traumatic and haunting.