A judge in upstate New York has resigned after allegedly telling a lawyer he should get a hotel room with a specific movie star and “suck each other’s d**ks.”
The story begins back in January when Judge John W. Hallett was speaking to a lawyer who was involved in the promotion of a film festival honoring actor Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method).
According to a complaint filed against Hallet, who has served as a town court justice in Jefferson County since 2003, he allegedly told the attorney that the film festival was “about the gayest thing I have ever heard.”
He then – allegedly – added, "You and Viggo Mortensen should get a hotel room and suck each other's d**ks."
But wait – there’s more!
Five months later, while speaking to the same lawyer, he apparently made a gesture simulating oral sex and then patted the attorney on the cheek and said, “There, there little boy.”
It would seem that the judge has a strong fixation on blow jobs, no?
According to TMZ, the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct opened an investigation into Hallet’s odd and homophobic behavior.
While the commission hasn’t handed down an opinion on the complaint, Hallett – whose current term was scheduled to end in 2019 – has offered his resignation.
"Homophobic remarks and anti-LGBTQ sentiments have no place in the lexicon of the courts or the vocabulary of a judge," Robert H Tembeckjian, the commission's administrator, said in a statement to The Times Union in Albany. "Such statements undermine public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary, which demands that a judge be and appear fair-minded and unprejudiced toward all who have business in the courts."
In light of Hallet’s resignation, and his promise to never serve in any judicial capacity again, the commission dropped its investigation. His resignation will take effect at the end of this year.