Comments made shortly after the death of Whitney Houston have resulted in a lawsuit for the city of Beverly Hills.
Police officer Brian Weir has reportedly sued the city after the way his bosses treated him following the singer’s death. According to Weir, Detective Sergeant Terry Nutall moved the body without the coroner’s permission and acted in poor taste during the investigation.
According to Time, Weir attempted to secure the crime scene at the Beverly Hilton Hotel following Whitney Houston’s death. However, Nutall allegedly arrived at the room and acted in a very unprofessional manner.
The lawsuit states that the detective removed the sheet over Houston’s body that was covering her “pubic region.” He then proceeded to make comments about her appearance, suggesting that Whitney “looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state.”
“Damn, she’s still looking good, huh?” Nutall reportedly said.
When Weir complained to his supervisors about the way the detective acted while ogling Whitney Houston’s corpse, the police officer was completely shocked by the response. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weir was eventually “removed from his position with the SWAT team and K-9 units and denied promotion and favorable job assignments.”
The website also explains that Weir was also harassed by and alienated from his fellow police officers after complaining about Nutall’s behavior at the scene. Instead of putting up with this kind of treatment, Weir decided to file a lawsuit.
Although the so-called Whitney Houston death scene lawsuit is making headlines today (March 11), the Beverly Hills Police Department hasn’t officially received any paperwork about the situation as of this writing.
A representative for the department told THR:
“Unfortunately the police department and the city have not been served in the matter. Other than the fact that I am receiving phone calls from reporters on this, we haven’t seen the lawsuit yet, so I can comment on it without seeing it and without consulting the city attorney. We are waiting to be served.”
Lt. Lincoln Hoshino told NBC News last year that Nutall was the detective sergeant on-duty when the call came in, which meant it was appropriate for him visit the scene. However, Hosino denied any wrongdoing during the initial investigation.
“[We are not aware of] any inappropriate behavior or any inappropriate comments. We stand behind the investigation 100 percent, including the conclusion from the coroner’s office,” he explained at the time.
Whitney Houston died at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 11, 2012. Brian Weir’s lawsuit against the city is currently pending.