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Beauty Queen Dragged Out of Bed Nude by Mistaken Deputies: Lawsuit
By Andrew Chow, JD at FindLaw.com
Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:55pm EDT
There she is, Miss Nevada 2007. And here’s her lawsuit: Calenche Ranae Manos alleges sheriff’s deputies busted the wrong apartment and ogled her naked body as they forced her out of bed.
The mistaken ex-beauty queen bust took place in November 2011 in her Los Angeles County apartment, KTLA-TV reports. Manos was asleep in bed with her fiance when armed deputies barged into her unit, clearly labeled apartment “A.”
Unfortunately, the deputies’ search warrant was for apartment “C.”
“The sheriff deputies, all of which were male and armed with guns, ordered Ms. Manos to get out of bed and then watched as she attempted to do so” in the nude, Calenche Ranae Manos’ lawsuit states, according to KTLA.
After deputies realized their mistake, one officer allegedly told Manos she’d have a good story to tell at Thanksgiving, KTLA reports.
But Manos didn’t find it funny. Her lawsuit seeks damages for negligence, false imprisonment, civil-rights violations, and sexual harassment.
Suing law-enforcement officers for negligence can be complicated. In general, a victim must first file a government tort claim and give the government time to respond to the claim before filing a lawsuit.
In Los Angeles County, such a claim must be filed within six months of a death or injury to a person or property; other types of claims must be filed within one year. If the claim is rejected in writing, the victim generally then has six months to file a lawsuit.
In Calenche Ranae Manos’ case, her civil rights attorney likely filed a tort claim shortly after the incident, and it was likely rejected. That would clear the way for the ex-beauty queen to take the case of her naked bust to court.