Whitney Houston Lawsuit: Cop Claims Harassment After Reporting Body Peek

Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 06:06 PM

By Ken Mandel

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A Beverly Hills police sergeant present at Whitney Houston's death scene is filing a lawsuit against the city for damages, claiming harassment from a fellow detective after he reported inappropriate behavior from that person at the scene.

Sgt. Brian Weir filed the lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles that alleges his colleague mishandled the "How Will I Know" singer's body after she drowned in the bathtub in her suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

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The lawsuit asserts that Lt. Terry Nutall removed a sheet that had been covering Houston's body and remarked that "she's still looking good." It also claims that Nutall "violated federal rules against moving a body without the coroner's permission" and that he treated the body "in a way that would outrage ordinary family sensibilities," according to E! Online.

After reporting the alleged remarks to his superiors, Weir said he was taken off the SWAT and K-9 units and passed over for promotions and favorable job assignments.

Weir is seeking restitution for "actual, consequential, and incidental losses, emotional distress, injunctive relief to restore him to the position of SWAT and K-9 Sergeant and attorney fees and legal costs," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"Unfortunately the police department and the city have not been served in the matter," said Beverly Hills Police Department public relations officer Lt. Lincoln Hoshino, according to THR. "Other than the fact that I am receiving phone calls from reporters on this, we haven't seen the lawsuit yet, so I can't comment on it without seeing it and without consulting the city attorney. We are waiting to be served."

Houston, 48, died Feb. 11, 2012. The official coroner's report listed heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors.

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