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NAS & Busta Rhymes Songs Ignite Probe of NJ Judge

July 6, 2023 | By Kali Girl

In a recent development, a New Jersey judge, Gary N. Wilcox, finds himself embroiled in controversy after purportedly participating in a series of TikTok videos where he allegedly rapped along to songs by acclaimed artists Nas and Busta Rhymes.

According to Hip Hop DX, these videos, deemed “inappropriate” by concerned observers, have prompted the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct to file a complaint against Judge Wilcox, as reported by the New Jersey Globe on Friday, June 30.

From April 2021 to March 2023, Judge Wilcox, known as “Sal Tortorella” on TikTok, created 40 videos. Some were filmed at the Bergen County courthouse while wearing his judicial robe, while others were shot in his car and bed.

Per the complaint, “the song contains explicit lyrics concerning a criminal case and a courtroom shooting as well as derogatory and discriminatory terms, drug and gang references, and the killing of a doctor in a hospital who treated another gang member.”

Lip-synching Busta Rhymes’ 2006 hit “Touch It,” the lyrics Wilcox mouthed were: “For the record, just a second, I’m freakin’ it out/ While she tryin’ to touch, see, I was peepin’ it out/ She turned around and was tryin’ to put my d*ck in her mouth/ I let her.”

The conduct of the 59-year-old individual has been labeled offensive. However, according to his legal representative, Robert Hille, it is asserted that his client’s actions were not driven by malice.

Wilcox, an accomplished Superior Court judge since 2011, is slated to appear before the court once again later this year. The pending disciplinary proceedings include disciplinary actions that could span from a formal reprimand to the grave measure of his dismissal from the revered judicial post.

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