City Settles For $575K In LAPD Coerced-Sex Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay $575,000 to settle a lawsuit from a former police informant who alleged that two officers forced her to have sex.

City News Service reports the council unanimously approved the payment on Wednesday, about a month after the woman agreed to settle.

The woman, a former drug informant, sued the city and veteran narcotics officers James Nichols and Luis Valenzuela last January.

She alleged that the officers preyed on her when they were drug detectives in Hollywood, threatening to send her back to jail unless she had sex with them.

The officers are on leave pending LAPD disciplinary hearings for this and three similar cases.

Nichols has denied wrongdoing.

A phone listing or attorney for Valenzuela could not be found.

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