Denise Huskins and her boyfriend Aaron Quinn, right, who has been wrongly accused of the manufacture of Huskins’ abduction from their house, have reached a $2.5 million settlement with the city of Vallejo and the police.
A few have reached a $2.5 million settlement with a North California in the city and the police after the researchers initially rejected the woman’s abduction as a “Gone Girl” hoax.
The term refers to a 2012 novel and 2014 movie about a woman who fakes her own abduction.
The police in Vallejo, in the first instance, with discount, a report by Denise Huskins and her boyfriend that a masked intruder drugged, kidnapped and sexually abused her in 2015.
She realized that the couple was telling the truth, after a lawyer disbarred, Matthew Muller, was involved in another crime and is connected to the kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and is serving a 40-year prison sentence.
After Huskins was released in the centre of Huntington Beach, Vallejo police called the kidnapping a hoax, and compared it with the book “Gone Girl,” in which a woman lies about being kidnapped.
Vallejo police apologized, after consideration of the application for assistance. The city is located approximately 32 miles northeast of San Francisco.
“The behavior plaintiffs allege goes beyond suspects are being skeptical, examining alternative theories, and the expression of skepticism,” U. S. District Judge Troy Nunley wrote in his 22-page decision, adding that “A reasonable jury could find that defendants engaged in conduct that was extreme and outrageous.”
Muller broke into the couple’s home, tied them up, and they are drugged, prosecutors said. He put Huskins in the trunk of his car, and kept her for two days in his South Lake Tahoe home. The researchers said they found videos of Muller sexually assaulting Huskins.
During and after the abduction, Muller sent messages to a San Francisco reporter claims that Huskins was kidnapped by a team of elite criminals. After she was released at Huntington Beach in Southern California, Vallejo police called the kidnapping a hoax, the Mercury News of San Jose reported.
Muller was later arrested in connection with an unrelated attempted robbery in the San Francisco Bay Area. The authorities said they tracked a mobile phone to Muller and a subsequent search of a car and home turned up evidence connecting him to the Huskins kidnapping. Huskins called police, and a judge ruled last year that the lawsuit could go.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.