Former Sheriff Sues L.A. County

Former L.A. Sheriff Alex Villanueva filed a lawsuit against the county Thursday alleging civil rights violations, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit stems from a harassment investigation against the former sheriff, which he says he was not informed of or given a chance to address. 

“Villanueva, who lost his bid for re-election in 2022, was investigated by an oversight panel looking into harassment and retaliation complaints stemming from comments the controversial former sheriff made about Inspector General Max Huntsman and for allegedly targeting and harassing women of color,” City News Service reports.

According to the complaint, the probe’s conclusion landed Villaneuva on a "do not rehire'' list “that severely affects, limits, and otherwise precludes Villanueva's employment opportunities in the county government, as well as directly and indirectly detrimentally affecting Villanueva's employment prospects across the board.”

Villanueva wants to be removed from that list. He is also seeking $25 million in damages. 

The lawsuit names the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff's Department, the Equity Oversight Panel, the Office of Inspector General, and Max Huntsman.