A year after a Los Angeles police officer was indicted on six counts for allegedly sending sexually explicit photos and videos of his wife to LAPD colleagues and other men, the woman, also a police officer , continues the city of Los Angeles.
The woman’s lawsuit, filed Wednesday, accuses the department of sexual harassment, whistleblower retaliation and failure to take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment and retaliation. She is seeking unspecified damages.
A representative for the city attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The plaintiff’s husband, Brady Lamas, is awaiting trial on six counts of disorderly conduct by distributing an intimate and private image, according to a criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court last December.
The complaint alleges that Lamas, 46, passed “sexually explicit photographs and videos” of his wife to other LAPD officers.
“My own husband is a predator and he preyed on me. I would have preferred him to punch me in the face,” she wrote, requesting a restraining order against Lamas.
Her actions, she claims, led to her being sexually harassed by other officers in the department, behavior that she says continued over the past year.
Two officers she said made harassing comments were not transferred and, according to the complaint, the LAPD did nothing to ensure the footage would not be shared again by any of the officers who obtained it .
“The Department simply did not care enough to do everything necessary to protect Plaintiff,” the suit states, thereby encouraging a hostile work environment and harming Plaintiff’s career.
Identified in the original charging document by her first and last name, she has worked for the LAPD for 14 years and, during her career, has received numerous honors and awards.
She initially discovered these explicit images in January 2021 when she saw a group chat on her husband’s phone in which Lamas was sharing nude photos and videos with a man she did not know.
This discovery, she wrote, helped explain sexually harassing comments directed at her, which she did not understand. At the time, the comments seemed “unusual”, but she was unaware of the images Lamas had sent via text, WhatsApp and messaging app Kik.
Upon discovering the images on Lamas’ phone, she felt “frozen and scared,” she wrote in the filing. The images left her humiliated. Lamas was a “predator” whose actions “amounted to sexual assault.”
She alleged that he surreptitiously took photos of her naked body during several visits to a doctor after breast augmentation surgery. She claimed he then shared the images with other men, calling them “before and after photos,” according to the filing.
Some of the male LAPD employees who received the explicit images approached her at work, staring “intensely” and making comments such as “Brady is a lucky man” and “He doesn’t know how good he is.” according to the file.
She reported Lamas to her supervisor, filed a report with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Clarita and was questioned by the Internal Affairs Division.
At the time, the LAPD released a statement saying it was cooperating with the Sheriff’s Department and the DA’s Office and that it was “troubled by the officer’s alleged off-duty conduct that does not reflect the values of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Still, she said she was afraid to return to work and anticipated the harassment would continue.
“What’s worse is that this humiliation will continue to repeat itself, perhaps forever, because the private photos and graphic videos are now in the hands of strangers and several LAPD colleagues,” he said. -she writes.
The case is the latest in a series of explicit photo-sharing scandals that have rocked the department in recent years.
The city paid $1.5 million in 2020 to settle a lawsuit filed by an LAPD detective who accused a co-worker of beating her and threatening to share sexually explicit images he secretly took if she tried to put end to their relationship.
And in September, a jury awarded $4 million in damages to an LAPD captain after she sued the city over a nude photo that was doctored to look like her and shared throughout the department.
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