Whitney Houston: policeman accused of ogling naked corpse
'Damn, she's still looking good' officer allegedly said as he revealed singer's body after death
A POLICE officer has been accused of "mistreating" the corpse of Whitney Houston and making lewd comments about how "attractive" her dead body looked.
Patrol Sergeant Brian Weir has made a formal complaint to the California labour department about the behaviour of his colleague Detective Sergeant Terry Nutall on 11 February last year, when the 49-year-old singer was found dead in the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Weir, who was the first to arrive, found Houston's assistant had removed her from the bathtub where she drowned. He covered the body to "preserve the dignity of the remains" and to "prevent contamination of potential DNA and other potential evidence".
But, as The Guardian reports, Weir claims Nutall subsequently removed the sheet "to an area below the pubic region" for "no legitimate law enforcement" purpose.
Nutall allegedly came "in close proximity to touching the body" while making "inappropriate" comments such as "Damn, she's still looking good, huh?" and remarking that she "looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state".
Weir claims Nutall treated the dead body in a way that "would outrage ordinary family sensibilities". Nutall also allegedly contaminated potential DNA and harmed the "integrity of the scene".
Weir says he complained to superiors and even to officials at the Beverly Hills government in the days after the incident. But instead of Nutall being punished, Weir claims he suffered harassment, was stripped of his positions on the Swat and K-9 squads, and was denied promotions, while Nutall was promoted to lieutenant.
Weir is now seeking financial and non-financial damages due to the material impact on his career and emotional state.
A Beverley Hills police spokesman denied Weir's claims, saying: "It is appropriate for a responding detective sergeant to briefly examine the body upon arriving to a scene like that. At this time we're not aware of any… inappropriate comments." ·