CARMEL, N.Y. (AP) - A New York prosecutor who is the son of TV's Judge Judy is suing the local sheriff for $5 million.
Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy says Sheriff Donald Smith defamed him with false and malicious statements about a child rape case.
The sheriff denies defaming Levy and calls the lawsuit political.
Wednesday's lawsuit stems from the arrest in March of Alexandru Hossu (HOH'-soo), Levy's former personal trainer, on rape charges.
Levy said in March that he recused himself from the case as soon as he learned that Hossu was under investigation. But the sheriff said Levy was improperly involved in the case and apparently trying to influence it.
Levy's mother, Judy Sheindlin, is the star of "Judge Judy." She issued a statement Wednesday calling her son principled and honorable.
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