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‘They turned their back on me’ LAPD detective accuses fellow cop of blackmail in sexual harassment lawsuit

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Det. Ysabel Villegas
Pictured, LAPD Det. Ysabel Villegas and LAPD Officer Daniel Reedy.
Det. Ysabel Villegas
Pictured, LAPD Det. Ysabel Villegas and LAPD Officer Daniel Reedy.

Det. Ysabel Villegas sexual harassment lawsuit against LAPD after fellow cop distributed explicit photos after breaking off five year affair.

A Los Angeles Police Detective has launched a lawsuit against her department after alleging she was raped and beaten by a fellow cop she had an affair with who threatened to distribute nude photographs of her if she ended their relationship – with the woman’s supervisors doing nothing to help her.

Det. Ysabel Villegas filed her lawsuit on Wednesday against the LAPD for failing to act and defend her when Officer Daniel Reedy (Danny Reedy) turned their once-consensual relationship into an abusive one and blackmailed her. Reedy has also been named in the suit.

According to the suit, the man threatened to distribute sexually explicit pictures of her to Villegas’ children and husband if she ended the relationship, before eventually sharing those images with the LAPD.

Villegas, who worked with the LAPD for 30 years, alleged Reedy assaulted, abused and extorted her, created a hostile work environment, with the police department failing to protect her from him, according to the Los Angeles Times

The lawsuit also accuses Reedy of sexually assaulting Villegas in a Pomona motel room back in July 2017. 

In January of this year, she was granted a restraining order against Officer Reedy. He was banned from contacting her or owning firearms and the order stands for the next five years the dailymail reported.

LAPD Officer Daniel Reedy disseminates explicit photos of Det. Ysabel Villegas:

Villegas and Reedy began dating in 2013, while she was still married to her husband former Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas

The couple had filed for divorce in 2009 but stayed together due to family obligations but mutually agreed to pursue their own romantic relationships, according to the lawsuit. 

At first Villegas and Reedy got along until he became jealous and abusive in 2016, she alleges in the lawsuit. 

She accuses Reedy of physically assaulting her at least three times from 2016 to 2018, according to the court documents. In one instance he allegedly punched at while they were at diner and another he assaulted her in a motel room.

‘Detective Villegas told Officer Reedy at the motel that she did not want to have sex with him. Nevertheless, Officer Reedy proceeded to rape her,’ the lawsuit says on the motel incident on July 2017. 

She also claims Reedy took explicit photos of her without her consent. 

When she tried to end the relationship in 2017, he allegedly threatened to send her explicit pictures to her children and husband. Those pictures eventually circulated the LAPD, according to the lawsuit – with the department allegedly ‘doing nothing’ to halt their circulation. 

Det. Ysabel Villegas
Texts which LAPD Officer Daniel Reedy sent to Det. Ysabel Villegas.
Det. Ysabel Villegas
Texts which LAPD Officer Daniel Reedy sent to Det. Ysabel Villegas.

Det. Ysabel Villegas sexual harassment suit:  ‘How can we expect the LAPD to stand up for women victims when they can’t stand up for one of their own?’

Reedy is also alleged to have sent Villegas profanity-laced text messages with the woman coerced into having sex due to the threat of sharing her nude pictures.

Villegas’s husband, Jorge Villegas received one of those explicit pictures in a text from Reedy and the pictures later circulated throughout the police department, the lawsuit states.

Villegas’ attorney Lisa Bloom says that Reedy’s alleged distribution of her nude photos violates California’s revenge porn law which was created in 2013 and incriminates those who intentionally disseminate explicit photos without the other person’s consent and to cause emotional distress.  

Told Bloom during Wednesday’s press conference, ‘How can we expect the LAPD to stand up for women victims when they can’t stand up for one of their own?’

‘With these photos, he emotionally terrorized me. He controlled and manipulated me,’ Villegas reiterated. 

Villegas complained within the LAPD reporting his behavior to ‘senior officers’, including her husband and the supervisor of the Robbery-Homicide Division. 

She says they then ‘violated the law and LAPD policy by failing to report Officer Reedy.’

‘LAPD officers are required to report known misconduct among their ranks and they failed to do that in this case,’ attorney Bloom said.  

According to the suit, not only did the department not do anything about Reedy, Villegas was instead transferred out of the elite Robbery-Homicide division, without explanation. 

‘One of the things that hurt so much is that my LAPD family has turned its back against me. To this day, I have not been contacted by phone, email or text by any LAPD manager to offer me anything,’ Villegas said in a press conference on Wednesday. 

Villegas’ husband Jorge later resigned in late 2018 after an undercover surveillance unit caught him in sexual activity with a subordinate female officer in a parking lot.  

The LAPD says it will not comment on the pending litigation. 

An anonymous law enforcement officer said that a search warrant for Reedy’s home and his electronics was served in January. 

Reedy was placed on administrative leave by the LAPD as he’s the subject of an investigation by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

The case is just one of several sexual harassment allegations plaguing the LAPD over the past couple of years.  

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