Judge Wilcox - next year, Glasto?
A US judge is being investigated for allegedly posting "profane" TikTok videos with explicit references to violence, sex and misogyny.
Eschewing traditional judge norms, New Jersey judge Gary Wilcox has posted around 40 videos on TikTok lip-syncing to rap songs, according to a report in the New York Times.
However, a judicial conduct committee has deemed that eleven of the 40 clips posted were inappropriate, with songs containing “profanity, graphic sexual references to female and male body parts, and/or racist terms,” according to the committee.
The committee has filed a court complaint saying that the judge's videos show “poor judgment and demonstrated disrespect for the judiciary and an inability to conform to the high standards of conduct expected of judges.”
Wilcox, who has been a Superior Court Judge since 2011, supposedly posted the videos on TikTok under an alias, Sal Tortorella, from 2021 to March 2023. He wore judicial robes in a number of clips and recorded some videos in his court chambers.
In one video, the judge strolls through a courthouse in a Beavis and Butt-Head t-shirt to the tune of 'Get Down' by the rapper Nas, which contains explicit lyrics about drugs, gangs and a courtroom shooting.
“You think you can run up on me and whip my monkey ass? Come on. Come on!” the judge mouths in another video with a backdrop of law books behind him. In another video the judge lip-syncs to lyrics about spilling cognac on a “$200 suit.”
In another video, Wilcox allegedly mouthed lyrics to a Rihanna song: "If you want it, let's do it / Ride it, my pony / My saddle is waitin' / Come and jump on it." The complaint also alleged that the judge recorded at least one video from bed.
For anyone wanting to catch a glimpse of the judge spitting bars, sadly it appears that the account has been removed from TikTok.
Wilcox's lawyer, Robert Hille, said that he was reviewing the complaint and would be filing a response. “I don’t think that at the end of the day anybody is going to believe there was any desire to do any harm here,” said Hille. “Hindsight is 20-20.”
“These are mainstream performers,” Hille said about the songs cited in the complaint. “This is music that’s out there in the public. And clearly it elicits a different response depending on who is listening.”