- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles will pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit by a woman who claimed a police officer sexually assaulted her in the back of an unmarked patrol car.

The Los Angeles Times (https://lat.ms/2wmQ7RM ) says the City Council agreed to the payment Wednesday.

The woman alleged that an officer forced her to perform a sex act in a Hollywood parking lot in 2008 while a second officer encouraged the assault.

Three other women also sued over the alleged acts of Luis Valenzuela and James Nichols. The City Council agreed to settle two of those suits for more than $1.3 million.

The officers also face criminal charges that carry a potential life sentence. They were arrested last year and have pleaded not guilty to rape and assault.

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