But the government's foray into sharing bedroom secrets was just a tiptoe, as prosecutors refused to get into the details or identities of those involved in the dalliances without the blessing of a federal judge.
Five of Madoff's former employees pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court in Manhattan to the latest indictment in the case. Their trial is due to start Oct. 7.
One defendant was in a love triangle with Madoff, and four of the five defendants were among those involved romantically or sexually, authorities said.
Madoff was arrested in December 2008 and later admitted to a multi-decade fraud that cost thousands of investors about $20 billion. He is serving a 150-year prison sentence.
Though prosecutors noted the various personal relationships among Madoff employees and customers, they asked U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain to exclude evidence of them from the trial, saying it was "unduly prejudicial."
"Because of the inflammatory nature of this evidence, we do not catalog it here, although the government certainly can at the court's request," prosecutors wrote.
"Suffice it to say that the government's investigation has revealed that, over the course of the multi-decade fraud alleged in the indictment, a number of Madoff Securities employees and customers - including expected witnesses, defendants, and others - were engaged in romantic or sexual relationships," they added.
Defense lawyers and prosecutors declined to comment on the submission Friday.
Attorney Maurice Sercarz, who represents Annette Bongiorno, Madoff's former longtime secretary, said in an email that it would be irresponsible to comment until he knows who is making the allegation and precisely what is being alleged.
"I assume we will find out in due course," he said.