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L.A. to pay $750,000 to settle suit alleging sexual assault by police

L.A. to pay $750,000 to settle suit alleging sexual assault by police

The city of Los Angeles will pay $750,000 to settle a civil lawsuit brought by a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by a Los Angeles police officer in the back of his car while his partner acted as a lookout.

The City Council voted Wednesday to approve the payout to the plaintiff, who is among at least four women who have accused the two officers of coercing them into sexual acts, according to court documents. The Times generally does not name alleged sex crime victims.

The two officers named in the lawsuit, Luis Valenzuela and his partner, James C. Nichols, were charged earlier this year with raping and sexually assaulting several women while on duty.

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