A Beverly Hills police sergeant responding to the scene of Whitney Houston's death made "inappropriate comments" about the singer's appearance after lifting a sheet covering her naked body, according to a claim filed by a former Beverly Hills SWAT sergeant.
In the claim, Sgt. Brian Weir alleges that on the day Houston died in February 2012, Det. Sgt. Terry Nutall arrived at the scene, and "for no legitimate law enforcement inquiry, investigative, or other proper and legal purpose … removed the sheet and/or other covering from the body … to an area below the pubic region." The claim also alleges he made comments to the effect that the former pop star "looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state" and "Damn, she's still looking good, huh?"
The 48-year-old singer was found submerged in a bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The Los Angeles County coroner's office determined that she died of accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.
Weir said in the claim that as the senior patrol sergeant on duty he responded to the death scene. After he complained to his superiors about the alleged misconduct, Weir alleged the city of Beverly Hills and its Police Department "retaliated" by removing him from his position with the SWAT and canine units, stripping him of some privileges and subjecting him to various forms of harassment.