A tentative settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleged that a Los Angeles County sheriff’s sergeant committed “sexual shaming and humiliation” of her when he followed her home from a club, demanded her cell phone and then looked at intimate photos of her on the device.
Lawyers for Angela Carr filed papers with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Sotelo stating that a “conditional” resolution was reached in her lawsuit against Los Angeles County.
No terms were divulged in the paperwork filed Thursday, and it was not immediately clear if the settlement is subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors.
Carr filed her lawsuit in February 2015, alleging invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and failure to properly hire and supervise a sheriff’s employee.
According to Carr’s complaint, she drove away from a club located on Slauson Avenue near Rimpau Boulevard in the early morning of Feb. 9, 2014. She says she saw a sheriff’s car following her closely, so she stopped and asked him if she was being pulled over or if he was just tailing her.
Sgt. Amore Smith, who was in uniform and driving the patrol car, asked Carr where she was going and she replied that she was headed home, the suit states. Smith told Carr to keep going toward her residence and that he would follow her, according to her court papers.
After Carr pulled into her driveway, Smith requested that she come close to his car, telling her that he recognized her from the club “because of the pants she was wearing,” the suit alleged.
Smith told Carr to turn over her phone and he looked at intimate photos that were uploaded, despite her protests that the images were private, the suit alleged.
Smith later got out of the car and said, “Let me show you what you are doing to me,” then pointed to a portion of his anatomy, then returned Carr’s phone to her, the suit alleged.
“After this brazen show of force and sexual shaming and humiliation, Smith left the scene,” the suit stated.
Carr was so emotionally distressed by what happened that she would only return to the apartment with an escort, according to her complaint.
Defense attorneys stated in their court papers that the lawsuit was “a case of either misidentification or fabrication” and that Carr did not identify Smith as the sergeant who she claimed followed her home until five months later, when she saw him outside a restaurant.
Smith was working that night at the sheriff’s Marina del Rey Station and could not leave because he was on the dispatch desk, according to the defense attorneys’ court papers.
Carr’s narrative “makes no sense” and her one eyewitness to what allegedly happened did not corroborate “the critical aspects of (Carr’s) nonsensical story,” the defense attorneys’ court papers state.
—City News Service