An employee of the district attorney’s office filed a $12 million lawsuit Monday against O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden and others in the case, contending they intimidated and harassed her to get dirt on Simpson and his first wife.
Pamela O. Mills alleges in the federal complaint that Darden and investigators wrongly believed Mills had been friends with Marquerite Simpson Thomas and that they tried to coerce information about Thomas for Simpson’s murder trial.
Under threat of prison, Mills agreed to be hooked up to a polygraph as she was questioned about Thomas, the suit alleges. Mills said an investigator “ridiculed and castigated” her and reacted “with condescension and incredulity” when Mills denied knowing Thomas.
She also alleges she was pressured to “adopt and embrace certain fabrications as testimony … as evidence in the Simpson case.”
The investigator’s name wasn’t given in the lawsuit, but Thomas alleged that her mistreatment was carried out under the direction of Darden, who is listed as an individual defendant in the suit.
“As a result of the unlawful and malicious misconduct …, Mills experienced, and continues to experience, fear, panic, humiliation, emotional distress and pain and suffering,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit identifies Mills only as a 15-year “employee of the District Attorney.” A county directory shows that Mills works in a suburban office of the district attorney’s Bureau of Investigations.
Darden was unavailable for comment Monday. But District Attorney Gil Garcetti, Darden’s boss, said, “We are confident that all aspects of the investigation have been handled properly and professionally.” He declined to elaborate.
Mills’ lawsuit seeks $2 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages. In addition to Darden, the defendants include investigator Dana Thompson, the district attorney’s office, the Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County and 25 unidentified individuals.