A judge in Arkansas has admitted that he leaked confidential information about Charlize Theron's adoption of her son, Jackson.
Mike Maggio, 52, confessed on Wednesday that under the anonymous name "geauxjudge" he posted several comments on the Louisiana State University message board, including ones written in January 2012 about the adoption, nearly two months before the Oscar winner went public with the news.
He also admitted to writing several racist and sexist posts as well, and has since apologized for his actions.
"I take full responsibility for the comments that have been attributed to me," Maggio said in a statement, per the Arkansas Times. "I apologize deeply for my lapse in personal judgment and for that, I have no excuse. The comments posted were not acceptable. These comments are not a reflection of who I am."
Political blogger Matt Campbell was the one who initially suggested earlier this week on Blue Hog Report that Maggio might be behind the postings, and included screengrabs of some of the postings, including one with the subject line 'Charlize Theron adopt a baby today?' which read:
"I don't know if right board but I have a friend who is the judge that did her adoption today. It was a single parent adoption. I offered to be the baby daddy. He said she came dressed with long brown wig, oversized clothes, trying to camouflage her appearance. They took pics but can't be published because closed proceeding. He said she did have an entourage..."
Maggio, a father of five, also revealed in another post that the child was black.
In the wake of the admission. Maggio has announced he is ending his campaign for a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals.
According to David Sachar, the executive director of Arkansas' Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, an investigation into the postings is underway.