A Florida man facing an attempted burglary charge is making headlines after flirting with the judge presiding over his case.
Demetrius Lewis appeared before Broward County Judge Tabitha Blackmon via a Zoom hearing on Thursday on allegations he tried to break into a Fort Lauderdale home as three children slept inside.
Video of Lewis hitting on Blackmon has since gone viral on social media, having been viewed more than one million times.
‘How you doin’, how you doin’?’ Lewis asks in the clip as he appears on the Zoom call.
The accused felon then notices Blackmon on his screen and states: ‘Judge, you is so gorgeous…I just have to tell you, you’re gorgeous.’
Lewis continues with his compliments, telling Blackmon that he ‘loves’ her.
Blackmon appears somewhat amused by the remarks, before she responds: ‘Alright Mr. Lewis. Flattery will get you everywhere. But maybe not here.’
Indeed, Lewis’ proclamations of affection didn’t do much to impress the judge, who ordered him held on a $5,000 bond.
Lewis has previously spent four years in prison, according to The New York Post.
He was reportedly released in 2019 after after serving time for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
But while Lewis’ flirtation failed to grant him freedom, it left social media users amused.
‘What does he have to lose at this point?’ one Twitter user humorously asked beneath the video, which was shared by WSVN.
‘You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!’ another joked.
Meanwhile, others concurred with Lewis’ assertion that Judge Blackmon was ‘gorgeous’.
‘I don’t blame him!’ one chimed in.
Last year, Blackmon was appointed to Florida’s Seventeenth Judicial Circuit’s County by Gov Ron DeSantis.
She previously served as a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office, and as an attorney for the Attorney General’s Office.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Andrew Court