Reality TV shows are known for plenty of onscreen drama. Now, some of that drama is playing out off-screen as well for the daughter of a former Real Housewives of Orange County star who is accusing a sheriff’s deputy of a heinous crime against the then 21-year-old. Alexa Curtin is the daughter of Lynne Curtin, and Alexa says that a sheriff’s deputy out of Orange County raped her after stopping the young woman during a traffic stop.
Whereas many rape cases include victims who don’t want to come forward, Alexa has come forward because she wants any other victims of the officer to feel free to come forward as well.
As reported by Page Six, Alexa has detailed her harrowing experience with the deputy whom she says allegedly raped her in a lawsuit against the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Now 23-years-old, Alexa was 21-years-old in April 2014 when she left the home of her boyfriend in Dana Point, California. Soon after leaving, Alexa said that the deputy asked her about her lingerie while searching her car, reported Orange County Weekly.
The lawsuit describes what Alexa says occurred after being stopped by the deputy, who allegedly ordered Curtain to wait. When he returned 20 minutes later, the deputy wasn’t in his sheriff’s vehicle nor his uniform, but he drove up in his personal car.
“The Deputy searched Plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff had some of her clothing in her vehicle. While searching… the Deputy found some of the Plaintiff’s underwear and began inappropriately questioning Plaintiff about her underwear, asking if the underwear belonged to her, how many pairs she had, why she needed the underwear, etc.
“The Deputy began issuing orders to Plaintiff. Based on information and belief the Deputy said, ‘Since you are still here, I am going to f*** the s*** out of you.’
“Plaintiff was violated, traumatized, emotionally drained, in shock and fearing for her own safety. Specifically, Plaintiff feared that given the Deputy’s position, he would find her and harm her again. Due to the Defendant’s atrocious actions, Plaintiff has suffered physical and emotional injuries. Plaintiff’s injuries continue.”
The lawsuit brought by Curtin goes on to claim that the deputy sat in the passenger seat of Alexa’s vehicle upon returning, and that Curtin obeyed him out of fear. Alexa’s lawsuit claims that she made sure to do everything the sheriff’s deputy ordered her to do, but reported that the deputy took advantage of his power.
“[Alexa was] afraid and feared for her own safety, and she complied with all of the Deputy’s commands… Then the Deputy groped Plaintiff’s vagina and digitally penetrated her while commenting on her anatomy. While in this position, the Deputy had nonconsensual sexual intercourse with Plaintiff.”
The “position” being referred to in the lawsuit is one wherein Curtin was order to sit atop the deputy in the passenger seat. Afterward, the man of the law requested Alexa’s phone number; however, Curtin gave the deputy the incorrect number so he could not text or contact her.
Jeremy Jass is Curtin’s attorney.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Alexa is allowing her name to be published so that any other victims of the man can feel more free to come out in public as well. Curtin’s stance as the daughter of a celebrity could help others feel stronger in admitting they have been victimized as well. Alexa was initially afraid to report the alleged rape due to fears that the sheriff’s department would retaliate against her.
As for the response of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Lieutenant Mark Stichter said they are aware of the lawsuit and won’t comment on pending litigation.
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