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Over a year and a half after Whitney Houston was found dead in a Beverly Hilton hotel bathtub, there are accusations of impropriety being waged against a detective at the scene.
In a new labor dispute filing, a Beverly Hills SWAT sergeant who was in the legendary singer's hotel room after she was found dead on February 11, 2012, claims he witnessed one of his superior officers stare at and then make lewd comments about Houston's naked corpse.
The filing was made by Brian Weir, the senior patrol sergeant on the scene, according to the Los Angeles Times. He alleges that "for no legitimate law enforcement inquiry, investigative, or other proper and legal purpose," Detective Sergeant Terry Nutall removed a sheet covering the "Greatest Love of All" singer's nude body "to an area below the pubic region" and made "inappropriate comments" to the effect that she "looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state" and "Damn, she's still looking good, huh?"
In Weir's complaint, which was filed on September 11 with California’s labor department, he said he had previously covered Houston's body with a sheet "to prevent contamination or potential DNA and other potential evidence on the body" and to "preserve the dignity of the remains."
Weir said he complained about the alleged incident involving the famed singer and as a result, the city of Beverly Hills and its police department unfairly "retaliated." He was removed from his post with the SWAT and canine divisions and was subject to various forms of harassment.
When reached for comment about the filing, Beverly Hills Police spokesman Lt. Lincoln Hoshino told omg! that the department was "not aware of any formal reports of misconduct" made by Weir, who remains a current member of the police department, at the time of the incident or in the 18 months since Houston's death. Because of that, it is "virtually impossible" for anyone to have retaliated against him as it was "something we didn't know about."
As far as Nutall's lifting up the sheet at the crime scene, "Whether it happened or not, it is definitely appropriate for a detective sergeant to briefly examine the body upon arrival at the scene of a death." In fact, "it's perfectly acceptable," said Hoshino. Regarding the comments he is alleged to have made, "It would be inappropriate if he said those things, but we certainly don't have any reports of it, were unaware of it, and we know there were additional Beverly Hills Police personnel on scene and nobody said anything about it."
Further, "It's not something this supervisor would have said."
Weir's filing also alleged that Nutall's actions contaminated the crime scene, but Hoshino said that isn't even possible. "Don't forget Ms. Houston was just recovered from a bathtub, paramedics performed lifesaving procedures. How is a detective sergeant looking at the body going to contaminate that scene?"
The 48-year-old singer was found face down in a bathtub of extremely hot water the day before the 2012 Grammys. The coroner's office later determined that the cause of death was an accidental drowning with the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" as contributing factors.
A spokesperson for the Houston family had no comment.
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