In the wake of a report that Justice J. Michael Eakin received allegedly sexually explicit emails, the justice released a statement Friday admitting he received such emails, and said fellow Justice Seamus P. McCaffery threatened to release information linking Eakin to the emails unless Eakin pressured Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille to retract his earlier statements about McCaffery sending sexually explicit emails.

McCaffery issued a statement late Friday afternoon denying those allegations, and saying that he called Eakin out of concern over “strong rumors” he had heard that “a personal email account that belonged to him contained not only hundreds of sexually explicit emails, but—even worse—were racially offensive images.”

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