The trouble started when Levy’s personal trainer and friend Alexandru Hossu was accused of raping a 13-year-old girl. He pleaded not guilty.
According to the Associated Press, Levy says he recused himself from the case because of his history with Hossu.
County Sheriff Donald Smith felt otherwise. In March, he released a statement claiming, "Mr. Levy's comments and actions would seem to suggest that, if he could have his own way, Mr. Hossu would never have been brought to justice for his crime and Mr. Levy's relationship with him would never have been brought to the light of public scrutiny."
Now, Levy is suing Smith for $5 million. In court documents obtained by the AP, Levy describes Smith, who is running for reelection in November, as “an out-of-control sheriff who doesn’t care about the truth.”
Defense attorneys are reportedly working toward having the Hossu case dismissed.
Judge Judy released a statement to the AP earlier this week, supporting her son. "His moral compass is dead center. When someone attacks his character professionally or personally they best be prepared to back it up — shut up — or pay up."