A claim filed with the city of Beverly Hills and other California state agencies alleges that a police sergeant inappropriately made comments about Whitney Houston’s naked body at the scene of her death in 2012, according to a Sept. 17, 2013 NBC News report.
The allegation is made in a claim filed by former Beverly Hills SWAT supervisor Brian Weir, who said he responded to the singer's death scene on Feb. 11, 2012.
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Houston, 48, was found submerged in the bathtub of a guest room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and was pronounced dead at about 4:00 p.m. that afternoon. The county coroner later determined that a heart condition and cocaine were contributing factors in her accidental drowning death.
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Weir said in the filed claim that Beverly Hills Det. Sgt. Terry Nutall arrived after a sheet had been draped over Houston’s body, but that Nutall leaned over the deceased singer and removed the sheet “to an area below the pubic region.”
The claim goes on to state that while almost touching Houston’s body, Nutall made “inappropriate comments… that the decedent ‘looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state,’” and said, “’Damn, she’s still looking good, huh?’”
Weir alleges in the claim that he reported Nutall’s actions and was removed from his position with SWAT for doing so.
Nutall has since been promoted to lieutenant, according to NBC.
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Attorney Dmitry Gorin, a former Los Angeles County Dep. Dist. Attorney, told NBC that if Weir’s allegations are true, “…Nutall’s actions were highly inappropriate and demonstrate very poor judgment by a senior BHPD officer.”
He added, “A law enforcement officer more interested in what a decedent’s body looks like than securing a possible crime scene may taint the original placement of relevant DNA fiber evidence, causing investigators to miss data and draw incorrect conclusions.”
Weir’s claim was filed by his attorney, Christopher Brizzolara, therefore a lawsuit will likely follow within the next 30 days, reports NBC.