The New York State Attorney General's Office has suspended 36-year-old Alisha Smith as an assistant prosecutor pending an investigation "that she was leading a double life as an S&M dominatrix" as reported by Melanie Eversley for USA Today.
Apparently, her suspension "has less to do with her personal pleasure and more to do with the possibility that she profited from it" as reported by Jamie Schram and Bob Fredericks for the New York Post: "sources cited a standing executive order in the Attorney General's Office that requires employees to 'obtain prior approval from the [Employment Conduct Committee] before engaging in any outside pursuit ... from which more than $1,000 will be received or is anticipated to be received.'"
Prior to joining the AG's office Smith was an attorney with the class action firm Milberg Weiss as reported by John O'Brien for Legal Newsline.
Another former Milberg Weiss attorney, Paul D. Young, was among those sued by New York City in November 2006 to shut down "gay S&M sex club" El Mirage which operated for seven years out of the basement of a property he owned as reported by Roger Parloff for Fortune.
In 2006 Milberg Weiss was indicted for its alleged role in a decades-long conspiracy pursuant to which serial plaintiffs were paid kickbacks from court-approved attorneys' fees in securities fraud cases, and several former partners including Mel Weiss and Bill Lerach were sent to prison. The firm itself avoided prosecution after paying a $75 million fine.