A former Beverly Hills SWAT sergeant has filed a claim accusing a police officer of making “inappropriate comments” about Whitney Houston’s body at the scene of her death.
, published Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times, alleges that on the day the singer died in February 2012, Beverly Hills police sergeant Terry Nutall arrived at the scene and for no legitimate law enforcement purpose “removed the sheet and/or other covering from the body ... to an area below the pubic region” and came close to touching Houston’s body.
The claim alleges that Nutall commented that the 48-year-old Houston “looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state.”
He also reportedly said: “Damn, she’s still looking good, huh?”
Authorities found Houston submerged in a bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. An autopsy revealed that she drowned accidentally.
The claim of inappropriate behavior was filed made by former Beverly Hills SWAT sergeant Brian Weir, who also accuses Nutall of contaminating potential DNA and “treating the dead body of the decedent in a way that would outrage ordinary family sensibilities.”
Weir asserts that after he complained about the alleged misconduct to his superiors, the city of Beverly Hills and its police department “retaliated” by removing him from the SWAT team and harassing him.
Beverly Hills Police Lt. Lincoln Hoshino, who has said he stands by his department’s investigation of Houston’s death, told the L.A. Times on Tuesday that he knew of the claim but could not comment.