LOS ANGELES - A woman who says she was a drug informant for Los Angeles police is suing the city and two officers who she says forced her to have sex with them, threatening to take her to jail otherwise.
Tammy Kim filed the suit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, naming Officers Bill Nichols and Gus Venenzuela. She alleges assault, battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil rights violations.
"(Kim) lives in fear for her life as she believes ... that both officers Nichols and Venenzuela verbally informed suspects that (she) assisted them in the arrests," the suit states. "(She) has received several death threats from these suspects and their agents as a direct result of the officers' actions."
An LAPD spokeswoman today declined to comment on the suit.
According to the suit, Kim began working as an LAPD informant in 2009 and over time named numerous drug offenders and provided the officers with information needed to make arrests. But that same year Venenzuela, who worked in the Hollywood Division, told her she had not given up the names of enough suspects to satisfy him, according to the suit.
"Venenzuela informed her that if (she) slept with him, he would give her additional credits on the next arrest," the suit states. Kim agreed to have sex with Venenzuela, who warned her not to tell anyone, the suit states.
In September 2010, Venenzuela took her out of jail to help him make an arrest, the suit states.
"Several weeks later, Venenzuela forced (Kim) to have sex with him again in the back seat of his vehicle, again threatening her with jail, the suit states.
Nichols began working with Kim after Venenzuela was transferred in November 2010, according to the suit. She also agreed to have sex with him in January and February, 2011, after he said he would in turn keep her out of jail, the suit states.
However, Kim was never credited with assisting the officers in making arrests and has been incarcerated since April 2011, the suit states.
The suit did not explain what, if anything, the authorities had over Kim to induce her to become an informant, and the reason she remains behind bars was not immediately clear.